Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project Public Consultation
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The Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project public consultation paper has been written to support the Healthcare Identifiers Framework Project (the Project).
The key aim of the Project is to align the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010 (the Act) and the HI Service with the expectations of healthcare consumers that health information can follow them throughout their health and wellbeing journey. It also seeks to give healthcare providers more access to a patient’s healthcare information at the point of care. This will give them much richer information to support their patients.
Currently, ‘care silos’ are limiting the exchange of health information between providers. For example, we need better connections between primary care, acute care, aged care, and disability health services.
In line with the objectives of the Act, we aim to make health systems more digitally connected and integrated. This is ‘health system interoperability’. We will do this by ensuring that HIs can be used seamlessly across all healthcare programs and services and all states and territories.
The opening sections of this consultation provide background information. They describe:
- the HI Framework and its purpose
- the Project
- the proposed scope of the changes to the HI Framework.
The main part of the consultation presents eight key ‘problem statements’. These are the focus of the consultation.
The final part of the consultation is the appendices. These contain useful supporting information.
The purpose of the consultation is to engage a broad range of stakeholders to help us understand how we can improve the Act and the HI Service to address the key problem statements.
Submissions and information gathered in response to this paper and through targeted consultation activities will be essential to validating, refining, and shaping the Project outcomes. They will provide detail and form to any possible legislative amendments and policy changes which we will propose.