Digital health making history
About the Australasian Institute of Digital Health
The Australasian Institute of Digital Health was launched in February 2020 following a vote by Members and Fellows to merge the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI), Australia’s leading organisations in health informatics and digital health.
Michael Hosking AFAIDH CHIA, Clinnovation Limited
The vision of the Institute is healthier lives, digitally enabled. There are three priority areas:
Leadership and advocacy
Provide independent global leadership and expertise to advance health innovation
Build the digital health capability of the healthcare workforce and champion expertise and professionalism
Build the movement through networks, events and ideas exchange
Foster a high performance innovative culture that is well governed, diverse and growing
Our range of accessible programs and services are available to any member of the public and the Institute is a non-profit organisation.
Under the current healthcare system, information about patients is not recorded efficiently or effectively, clinicians can’t easily share information and there are numerous adverse events (preventable medical error is the third leading cause of death). While most of healthcare still operates with paper or disconnected systems, complex and critical information is captured through processes not readily communicated or broadly accessible.
The Institute’s purpose is to change that through a connected health system and a connected and digitally competent health workforce. There is growing acknowledgement that digital health is the key for realising high quality, safe and efficient care that delivers improved health outcomes. The Institute operates to address the challenge of harnessing the digital revolution to put consumers (patients) first and support clinicians to deliver the best possible healthcare for the public benefit.
Who are our members?
We welcome anyone from the community to support our mission. Our members are diverse and come from all fields of healthcare, business, consumer advocacy, government and academia. They could be clinicians, patients and consumers, or health informaticians, researchers, managers and executives, data analysts, designers, project managers, business analysts, technologists and innovators.
In addition, our special digital health interest areas include cybersecurity, clinical informatics, nursing informatics, health UX, precision health. We have a strong network of Institute Fellows as well as a network of students and emerging leaders. A dynamic calendar of public events includes educational speakers, networking and a major scientific conference.
Who can take part in Institute activities?
The Institute’s mission is to improve healthcare for all and so aims to have as many people as possible (whether they are members or not) participate in its programs, to go back to their workplaces, to share what they have learned and to put those learnings into practice so as to improve health outcomes for the community.
While membership of the Institute enables discounts on many activities, all our programs support our mission of public benefit. The sole purpose of the Institute is: Healthier lives, digitally enabled.
Karen Gibson FAIDH, The Checkley Group, and Joy Smith CHIA, Mater Health Services
About digital health & health informatics
Digital health can be defined as health and healthcare in the context of digital societies (the people, organisations and things engaged in persistent digital interactions).
About digital health:
- harvests data, information and knowledge in real time from all societal activities, not just interactions with the health system and/or data traditionally regarded as “health” data
- uses sophisticated analytics to distil knowledge from these data
- intervenes in the widest possible range of societal and economic activities and technologies to encourage and generate better health and better value for health investments
- is citizen (not provider/customer/patient) centric, decentralised and requires health service providers to participate, not control.
Reference: What is digital health? And why does it matter?
David Rowlands February 2020
About health informatics
Health informatics is the science and practice around information in health that leads to informed and assisted health care. ‘Informed’ here means ‘that the right information about the subject (consumer, patient or population) together with relevant health knowledge, is available at the right time and in a form that allows it to be used. ‘Assisted’ here means ‘that the job of the health care worker is made safer and easier and that the health consumer is supported in their decisions and actions’.