eHealth is the electronic management of health information. The term can encompass a range of services or systems that form part of medicine/healthcare and information technology.
The College seeks to influence the implementation of eHealth systems in Australia and New Zealand to support the delivery of safe, quality health care services.
In radiology, advances in technology have meant that the majority of diagnostic imaging is now acquired and stored digitally. This offers extraordinary advantages for patient management as well as work flow efficiencies. The transition to an eHealth system has the capacity to reap huge benefits to patients with regard to the role radiology plays in patient management. The College is involved in a number of strategies to manage the transition to digital imaging and an eHealth system.
Securing Quality Outcomes: Systemised Access to Digital Images
In 2013, the College partnered with the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association (ADIA) to form the ADIA/RANZCR Joint Informatics Working Group with the aim of defining a roadmap for radiology informatics in Australia to support discussion with Governments and stakeholders around integration of radiology informatics with the broader health system. This activity resulted in the publication of the Securing Quality Outcomes: Systemised Access to Digital Images which is available here for download.
The RANZCR has worked with the Australian Diagnostic Imaging Association, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Medical Association, the Australian Orthopaedic Association and the Spine Society to guide health professionals making the transition to digital imaging. Read more...
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise
The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is a global initiative by healthcare professionals, organisations and industry to improve the integration of healthcare computer systems and information exchange. Systems developed and integrated in accordance with IHE integration specifications communicate with one another better, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively. IHE Australia provides education and products compliance testing protocols and event suitable for Australia. IHE Australia has worked closely with the College to provide technical integration and interoperability guidelines for diagnostic imagining.
The National E-Health Transition Authority Limited (known as NEHTA) was established by the Australian, State and Territory governments to develop better ways of electronically collecting and securely exchanging health information.
The College is represented on the Diagnostic Services Reference Group of NeHTA.
Standards Australia IT -014
Standards Australia develops health informatics through the IT-014 Committee, which is largely funded by the Department of Health and Ageing. A main focus of IT-014 Committee's work is implementation standards and guides for HL7 messaging, plus work on terminology. The College is represented on IT-014.