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Current and emerging digital health technologies have the potential to transform private specialist practice, creating new efficiencies in workflow and supporting a higher quality of care.

The following illustrates what a ‘day in the life’ can look like for a specialist practising with contemporary digital health technologies, including telehealth consultations, My Health Record, secure messaging and electronic prescribing.

Clinical Information System icon

Dr. Sharp reviews their work schedule on a mobile device by accessing the clinical information system remotely.

Secure Messaging icon

Dr. Sharp’s practice receives an electronic referral via secure messaging.

My Health Record logo

Practice staff compile patient background information using My Health Record, reducing the time needed to locate and access important information.

Secure Messaging icon

Dr. Sharp reviews the patient background information (on mobile device) and requests further information from another clinician via secure messaging.

Telehealth Consultation icon

The patient consultation with Dr. Sharp occurs via / in the form of a telehealth consultation as the benefits to the patient, in this instance, outweigh the benefits of attending a face-to-face consultation.

Electronic Prescriptions icon

Dr. Sharp prescribes a medicine for the patient using electronic prescription software, removing the requirement for the patient to visit the practice to collect their prescription.

My Health Record logo

Dr. Sharp uploads a Specialist Letter to My Health Record, ensuring other clinicians with My Health Record access can see key information about the consultation, such as diagnoses and medicines.

Digital health foundations 1

This learning module provides an overview of digital health technologies. It will demonstrate why digital literacy and adoption of digital health technologies is important for specialists. It includes an exploration of key digital technologies, proven benefits, and key concepts required to understand digital systems. There is a short quiz at the end of the module. Completing the module may count toward your continuing professional development (CPD) obligations.

At the end of this module you will be able to:

Explain digital health and its importance to the future delivery of services [5 minutes]

Summarise the benefits of digital health [5 minutes]

Explain the benefits of clinical information systems and key security and privacy constraints [5 minutes]

Identify and take action to develop required digital health capabilities [5 minutes]

Describe digital technologies that are current and emerging [5 minutes]

Locate additional resources to support digital health [1 minute]

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Access the Digital Health Foundations Fact Sheet on Data Privacy and Security

Access the Digital Health Foundations Fact Sheet on Healthcare Identifiers

This fact sheet provides a high level overview of Healthcare Identifiers.

Digital health foundations 2

This learning module provides knowledge required by specialists and their practice staff to comply with key regulatory obligations associated with digital health. This includes information privacy requirements under the Australian Privacy Principles, healthcare specific requirements of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, a grounding in information security concepts, and professional guidelines for social media and website content. There is a short quiz at the end of the module. Completing the module may count toward your continuing professional development (CPD) obligations.


At the end of this module you will be able to:

Explain the importance of data security and privacy for specialist practices [5 minutes]

Summarise information privacy requirements that apply to healthcare providers [10 minutes]

Apply the required steps to ensure compliance with privacy obligations [5 minutes]

Take action to keep your clinical information secure [5 minutes]

Meet your social media and website obligations [5 minutes]

Locate additional resources to support digital health [1 minute]

Access Digital Health Specialist Toolkit Online Training Resources
Access Digital Health Specialist Toolkit Online Training Resources
Access the Digital Health Foundations Fact Sheet on Data Privacy and Security

Access the Digital Health Foundations Fact Sheet on Data Privacy and Security

This fact sheet provides a high level overview of Digital Health Privacy and Security considerations.

Secure messaging

This learning module introduces secure messaging and how it can benefit your practice. This includes an exploration of secure messaging’s purpose, usage applications, proven benefits, and security and privacy considerations. There is a short quiz at the end of the module. Completing the module may count toward your continuing professional development (CPD) obligations.


At the end of this module you will be able to:

Describe how secure messaging works in practice [5 minutes]

Evaluate how secure messaging can benefit you, your practice and patients [5 minutes]

Identify how and when to use secure messaging based on evidence [5 minutes]

Evaluate different ways to access secure messaging and how to maximise secure messaging effectiveness in your practice
[5 minutes]

Locate resources for implementing and using secure messaging [5 minutes]

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Access Digital Health Specialist Toolkit Online Training Resources

My Health Record

This learning module provides an introduction and overview of My Health Record and how it can be used in your practice, including information on key functions and benefits, and security. There is a short quiz at the end of the module. Completing the module may count toward your continuing professional development (CPD) obligations.


At the end of this module you will be able to:

Explain the purpose and contents of My Health Record [5 minutes]

Summarise the benefits to patients, specialists and practice managers [10 minutes]

Make an informed decision about when to use My Health Record [5 minutes]

Describe the security of My Health Record and take steps to keep your practice safe [5 minutes]

Locate resources for implementing and using My Health Record [1 minute]

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Telehealth consultations

This learning module provides an introduction and overview of telehealth consultations, including applications, proven benefits, and ethical considerations. There is a short quiz at the end of the module. Completing the module may count toward your continuing professional development (CPD) obligations.


At the end of this module your will:

Define telehealth consultations in practice, and understand its use trends [5 minutes]

Summarise the benefits of telehealth consultations to you, your practice and patients [5 minutes]

Assess how and when to use telehealth consultations [10 minutes]

Explain the medico-legal and ethical considerations of telehealth consultations, and understand how to protect your practice [5 minutes]

Locate resources for implementing and using telehealth consultations [1 minute]

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Electronic prescriptions

This learning module provides an introduction and overview of electronic prescriptions, such as the benefits and different roles and responsibilities, and will increase your awareness of how to use electronic prescriptions within your daily workflow. The learning module labelled ‘Introducing Electronic Prescriptions for Prescribers’, can be accessed using the link below the learning objectives. This module also contains a short quiz at the end and qualifies for CPD points.


At the end of this module you will be able to:

Describe the two ways that electronic prescriptions can be accessed

Discuss the benefits of electronic prescriptions for patients, prescribers and dispensers

Identify the roles and responsibilities for patients, prescribers and dispensers

Summarise the technical and legislative frameworks that support electronic prescriptions

Answer general patient questions about the phased implementation of electronic prescriptions

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Need support?

For support with digital health, please contact the Digital Health Help Centre, request training or 

contact your local Primary Health Network (PHN).

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