About the Australian Digital Health Agency
The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) is the System Operator of the My Health Record system. The Agency provides the leadership, coordination and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system.
The 2015-16 Federal Budget announcement My Health Record – A New Direction for Electronic Health Records in Australia provided funding to strengthen eHealth governance. This included the transition of relevant activities and resources from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), and also from the national My Health Record system operation activities managed by the Department of Health, to a new entity called the Australian Digital Health Agency.
The National Digital Health strategy
In August 2017, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council approved Australia’s National Digital Health strategy (2018-2022).
The Agency, the System Operator of the My Health Record system, is coordinating the Strategy’s implementation.
The Strategy – Safe, seamless, and secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia – identifies seven key priorities that form the basis of Australia’s vision for digital health. Providing a My Health Record to every Australian who wants one by the end of 2018 is the first of seven priorities.