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Specifications for connecting with national systems

Healthcare in Australia is supported by a number of national systems and services that provide the key underlying infrastructure to allow a national approach to digital health. If you want to build systems that integrate with these national systems, these specifications and guidelines will help you do this.

Identification & Authentication

Identity is a collection of individual information or attributes that describe an entity and is used to determine the transactions in which the entity can rightfully participate. In the context of digital health, identities can be assigned to three main kinds of entities: Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI); Healthcare Provider Identifier–Individual (HPI–I); and Healthcare Provider Identifier–Organisation (HPI–O)

Whereas identity is public, authentication is private: it’s a secret known (presumably) only by you. In the context of digital health, we use the National Authentication Service for Healthcare (NASH) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).  

My Health Record

There are a number of base specifications that describe the methods for other systems to interact with the My Health Record system.  We have developed a series of documents and developer journeys that support integrating with the My Health Record system.

Specifications for connecting with other healthcare systems

Healthcare in Australia is an eco-system comprising many separate clinical systems. If you want to build systems that integrate with these various systems, these specifications and guidelines will help you do this.

Digital Health Foundations

There are a number of foundational elements to digital health in general.  For example, healthcare providers frequently exchange patient information with other members of a patient's care team. To enable this to occur in a streamlined and paperless manner, secure and interoperable connectivity between clinical systems – also known as secure messaging - is essential.

Specifications for exchanging data between systems

Healthcare in Australia is an eco-system comprising many separate clinical and national systems. These specifications and guidelines will help you exchange data between them in a safe and seamless manner.

Continuity of Care

Continuity of Care products support the handover of patient care between different healthcare providers.

End of Life Care

Allowing consumers to record their preferences in how end of life care is delivered (or not) is important in delivering dignity and control.

Government Programs

Some of the data available via the My Health Record system is not directly clinical in nature but sourced from government funded programs. 

Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic services are concerned with managing the requesting and reporting processes around pathology and diagnostic imaging. Diagnostic services can either be supported via point to point transfer of information or through the provision of repositories.  

Medicines Management

The management of medicines is critical to reducing adverse reactions for patients.  There are several key specification products that support medicine management.

My Health Record

There are a number of base specifications that describe the methods for other systems to interact with the My Health Record system.  We have developed a series of documents and developer journeys that support integrating with the My Health Record system.

Code libraries and tools for developers

In order to reduce the barriers to software developers adopting digital health, we have prepared a suite of code libraries and other tools to help you with your development activities.

My Health Record

There are a number of base specifications that describe the methods for other systems to interact with the My Health Record system.  We have developed a series of documents and developer journeys that support integrating with the My Health Record system.

Digital Health Foundations

There are a number of foundational elements to digital health in general.  For example, healthcare providers frequently exchange patient information with other members of a patient's care team. To enable this to occur in a streamlined and paperless manner, secure and interoperable connectivity between clinical systems – also known as secure messaging - is essential.

Identification & Authentication

Identity is a collection of individual information or attributes that describe an entity and is used to determine the transactions in which the entity can rightfully participate. In the context of digital health, identities can be assigned to three main kinds of entities: Individual Healthcare Identifier (IHI); Healthcare Provider Identifier–Individual (HPI–I); and Healthcare Provider Identifier–Organisation (HPI–O)

Whereas identity is public, authentication is private: it’s a secret known (presumably) only by you. In the context of digital health, we use the National Authentication Service for Healthcare (NASH) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).  

Foundational elements for digital health

Underlying the other products we provide are a suite of supporting specifications and reference materials that can be used across the range of digital heath development activities.

Clinical Informatics

The exchange of all clinical information is based on worldwide standards and practices.  These products will support your understanding of how these are implemented within the Australian context.

By operation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016, on 1 July 2016, all the assets and liabilities of NEHTA will vest in the Australian Digital Health Agency. In this website, on and from 1 July 2016, all references to "National E-Health Transition Authority" or "NEHTA" will be deemed to be references to the Australian Digital Health Agency. PCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth), formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth).

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