Using digital tools to improve child health

Happy children in hospital
13 April 2017

NSW leading the charge to define national initiatives

New South Wales is leading a new national collaboration to define initiatives of benefit to children’s health and wellbeing that harness the power of digital technologies and platforms.

eHealth NSW is partnering with the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network to establish the National Collaborative Network for Child Health Informatics.

With support from the Australian Digital Health Agency, the Network has been established to identify and scope a number of strategic national projects and initiatives in the second half of 2017.

The Network will bring together Australia's leading experts in children’s health to identify nationally focused, child-centred and clinician-friendly digital health projects to positively impact the health and social outcomes of Australia’s children and their families.

In the coming months the Network will call on patients, families, clinicians, health and social care provider organisations, researchers, jurisdictions and ICT industry partners to join the Network's Partnership Group and Expert Reference Group.

The Network is looking to identify projects that will:

  • Engage and empower children and their families
  • Improve access to care for children
  • Support integrated care or better coordinated care for children
  • Enhance the quality of care through improved decision-making for care providers

“This is a unique opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to the health and wellbeing of the children – and indeed the future – of Australia,” said eHealth NSW Chief Executive Dr Zoran Bolevich.

“NSW Health has a significant program of work underway to enhance our health services through effective use of digital technologies. Partnering with the Agency in this national collaboration helps us to extend these capabilities more broadly.”

Dr Michael Brydon, Chief Executive of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, said: “The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network is a leader in using digital technology to engage and support children and families. We welcome this opportunity to facilitate collaboration with our colleagues across the nation to advance child health and wellbeing.”

Australian Digital Health Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey said Australian children and families deserve to have health services delivered in a way that fits around their busy lives.

“This can improve their ability to access health services and enhance their experience of health services because their providers have real-time information about each child's health status, immunisation status, and interaction across the entire health system, he said. “The work of the Network will help us realise this vision.”

The Network’s Partnership Group will utilise the feedback that the Australian Digital Health Agency received during its consultation process to develop potential project proposals. These potential proposals will then be assessed and prioritised by the Expert Reference Group.

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