Discussions from the Queensland Clinical Senate’s November 2018 meeting, Queensland: The digital state, has resulted in the development of clinical charter to guide digital health.
The charter covers a variety of considerations clinicians see as crucial to ensuring digital healthcare meets the needs of clinicians and consumers. It covers foundational principles for clinical digital transformation, digital basics, leveraging data and new models of care.
Senate Chair Dr David Rosengren said it was hoped the charter would be supported by Hospital and Health Services to guide decision-making as digital health rolls out across Queensland.
“Digital transformation challenges us—as clinicians—to rethink the way we practice, and the way we interact with our patients and their families,” Dr Rosengren said. “Such change can be confronting, but it is vital that we embrace it now, and take the opportunity to influence decisions and shape policy to ensure digital change leads to improved quality of care for our patients.”
The November Senate meeting was attended by around 150 clinicians from across the state. Among the presenters were:
- Carolyn Wharton—health consumer representative
- Professor Robert Wachter—Chairman of the Department of Medicine, University of California
- Stefan Hajkowicz—Director, CSIRO
- Dr Bruce Chater—Chair of the Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network
- Dr Dinesh Palipana—Resident, Gold Coast University Hospital and Researcher, Griffith University.
The draft charter will be circulated to Senate members—who represent a variety of organisations, including HHSs, in addition to consumer representatives—for comment before it is endorsed by the Senate Executive.
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