Australia’s Digital Health Agency Targets Tech Skills – Training & Development
Australian healthcare staff will be better trained in digital skills, under a strategy released today by the Australian Digital Health Agency.
The National Action Plan on Digital Health Capacity was set up in collaboration with the Australasian Institute of Digital Health.
“Across the health sector, concerted action is needed to build workforce capacity so that the benefits of digital health are realized for more patients in more settings,” said the CEO of ADHA, Amanda Cattermole, in a statement.
“Developing and planning a workforce strategy requires consultation, including with career colleges, universities, educators, and public and private sector employers.
“Coordination of efforts is also vital, and AIDH, with its strong knowledge, connections and independence in this area, is well placed to take on this role.”
According to the action plan, better digital skills will improve the diagnosis, treatment and management of health problems, reduce clinical risks, improve workflows, patient flows and information sharing, enable healthcare out of hospital, as well as more transparent and efficient health care.
Its three key components are to produce national guidelines for digital skills in the sector; digital education; and regulation to “require the inclusion of digital health in regulated health education”.
These will be delivered in parallel.
The competency framework is expected to take two years to complete; education and regulation will be developed over three years.
Although not specifically part of the strategy, the document notes that a major barrier to the development of digital skills in healthcare is the fragmentation of systems.
“A lack of interoperability between systems and a general lack of consistency or usability make it harder for health workers to learn and apply digital skills,” he says.