The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP, Minister for Health, NSW Government, has announced the eHealth Strategy for NSW Health 2016 – 2026.
The Minister announced the strategy for a digitally enabled and integrated health system with a focus on delivering patient-centered health experiences with quality health outcomes; giving attendees an insight into the journey the NSW Government has taken as it builds on its existing blueprint and outlines the direction for NSW investment over the next decade.
“It’s a ten year program of innovation, investment and implementation which identifies key short, medium and long term goals for eHealth NSW. It’s a policy that outlines the direction that we will take using the latest advances in technology policy and also including integrated care and ongoing enhancements to performance, quality and safety in our health system.
“The implementation of the strategy will be supported by eHealth NSW which was established in 2014 to oversee state-wide eHealth strategy and planning to set policy and standards and to lead implementation and operations.
“The strategy builds on the significant investment that the Government has made over the last five years, including funds in the current budget to further digitize our state wide health infrastructure and systems to deliver a suite of eHealth initiatives right across the state. We continue to build a high-speed broadband network, the NBN of Health we call it, which currently connects 150 hospitals and health centres across NSW including those in rural and remote locations. This enables our clinical and corporate systems to be used in hospitals across the state and in ambulatory care,” said Ms. Skinner.
Minister Skinner made the announcement at CeBIT Australia in Sydney on Tuesday 3 May 2016.