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E-health programs can improve the quality of health care. The Commission contributes to e-health safety by optimising safety and quality in the rollouts of clinical systems. It focuses on hospital medication management programs and discharge summaries, and using e-health initiatives to improve the safety and quality of health care, including antimicrobial stewardship.

The Commission’s e-health safety programs include:

The Commission works in collaboration with states and territories, the private hospital and primary care sectors, the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency), and other national bodies to promote the safety and quality agenda within national digital programs.

The Commission appointed Sydney University to develop a literature review The Impact of Digital Health on Safety and Quality of Health Care. The review analyses evidence for the types of digital health interventions which have been shown to improve health care. It focuses on the safety and quality impact of five digital health interventions:

  • Electronic patient portals
  • Electronic patient reminders (mobile technologies)
  • Information-sharing at discharge (electronic discharge summary or EDS)
  • Computerised provider order entry (CPOE) including electronic prescribing
  • Clinical decision-support systems (CDSSs).

The findings from the literature review will support jurisdictions, the Agency, and other healthcare providers identify best value approaches to digital health initiatives.

Download report The Impact of Digital Health on Safety and Quality of Health Care here.