Launching the vision for eHealth in NSW

eHealth Strategy for NSW Health: 2016-2026
3 May 2016

World-class, patient-centred healthcare is the aim of a new eHealth strategy launched by NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

The eHealth Strategy for NSW Health 2016-2026 is a bold, 10-year program of innovation, investment and implementation identifying key eHealth goals for NSW.

"NSW Health is a leader in eHealth in Australia, championing an approach that places patients, carers and their families at its heart," Mrs Skinner said in her keynote address to the CeBIT conference in Sydney on 3 May.

"Driving innovation and embracing the power of ICT, this Strategy outlines a direction that takes into account the latest advances in health technology, policy directions including Integrated Care and ongoing enhancements to performance, quality and safety in our health system."

As Mrs Skinner pointed out, eHealth systems have the power to enhance the experience of the community as well as NSW Health staff and the organisations for whom they work.

"eHealth systems can help to foster access to information, personal healthcare management and targeted prevention to encourage participation in health decisions," she said.

"All of these things are important to the 7.5 million people of NSW – who are at the core of the work we do."

Implementation of the eHealth Strategy for NSW Health will be supported by eHealth NSW, which overseas statewide eHealth strategy and planning, sets policy and standards for use of information and communication technology, and leads implementation of new systems across NSW Health.

Available to view at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/priorities, the Strategy was developed in close consultation with Local Health Districts and other NSW Health organisations and staff.

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