08 May 2023
The CEIH is collaborating with the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) on workforce initiatives as the health workforce is called on to deliver care in an increasingly digital world.
The AIDH leads the implementation of the National Digital Health Capability Action Plan (CAP), which will support health workers to have the digital capabilities they need now and in the future. The CAP includes the development of a draft Digital Health Capability Framework (refer Figure 1) and associated self-assessment tools for all health staff. This is supported in a collaborative effort in South Australia by the CEIH, Health Translation SA (HTSA) and Digital Health SA (DHSA).
‘Digital health’ is a broad term that refers to the “range of technologies that can be used to treat patients and collect and share a person’s health information” (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). Technologies include electronic prescribing and health records, telehealth and telemedicine, mobile applications and artificial intelligence.
The CEIH strongly supports this work. We believe that by improving the capability of the workforce to use and understand a range of digital health technologies and applications, health workers will be able to confidently make data informed decisions in clinical, operational and strategic settings. The Framework will help the CEIH to understand how we can support and assist staff to improve their skills and capabilities so they can take advantage of future technological and digital advances.
The CEIH, through our Statewide Clinical Networks, has gathered a range of clinicians and other health sector workers to provide feedback on the Framework and practical tools. These responses will further improve the tools and ensure key components of digital capability are addressed. Once complete, staff can access the Framework, along with self-assessment tools and guides to help them test and improve their digital health skills. This work is intended to strengthen and develop strong digital health skills across the workforce and assist with broader health industry skills development and planning.
You can find out more about the project or follow its progress here: Advancing workforce capability: Healthcare in a digital society — AIDH (digitalhealth.org.au)