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Volume 8 | Issue 08 | Digital
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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

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Cheens Lee

President - HIMAA

President's Report

 

Digital-health-strategy

National roadmap released to drive adoption of healthcare identifiers across healthcare settings

The Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) has published has published the National Healthcare Identifiers Roadmap 2023-2028 (the HI Roadmap), a strategic plan devised in collaboration with the Department of Health and Aged Care (DoHAC) and Services Australia to drive uptake of the Healthcare Identifiers Service (HI Service). Healthcare identifiers are unique numbers used to identify individuals and are used by healthcare providers and healthcare organisations to connect the right information with the right person at the point of care.

The Agency’s Chief Digital Officer, Peter O’Halloran, said the HI Roadmap, developed as one of the priorities of the the Connecting Australian Healthcare – National Healthcare Interoperability Plan 2023-2028, outlines a vision for the broad adoption of national healthcare identifiers to enable a connected and interoperable health system where every person, healthcare provider and organisation can be accurately and quickly identified.

“Healthcare identifiers are the linchpin for safe, secure and seamless information sharing across the nation’s healthcare system in near real time. They are central to the evolution of digital health and will empower Australian healthcare consumers to have continuous care across all healthcare facilities in every corner of Australia,” Mr O’Halloran said.

DoHAC’s Assistant Secretary of the Digital Health Branch, Simon Cleverley, said the HI Roadmap is the result of working closely with the states and territories and key delivery partners to develop the foundations of a more connected health system and better health outcomes for Australia.

“Increased adoption of the national healthcare identifiers will mean Australians will avoid having to retell their story as they move across the health system. Access to information in real time will also support healthcare providers to make well informed clinical decisions and care plans,” Mr Cleverley said.

“The Healthcare Identifiers Roadmap follows the release of the Australian Government’s  Digital Health Blueprint and Action Plan 2023 – 2033  and other key digital health strategies and plans and furthers the commitment to leverage national infrastructure.

General Manager of the Health Programs Division at Services Australia, Stuart Turnbull, acknowledges the importance of the HI Roadmap as a stepping stone for future innovation that will impact health, disability and aged care services.

“Services Australia has a long history of developing systems in support of Australia’s healthcare delivery. As the HI Service operator, we look forward to working with our colleagues and the broader healthcare industry in this initiative, which will promote a modernised, better connected healthcare system,” Mr Turnbull said.

The HI Roadmap highlights activities to drive wider up-take of the HI Service to improve quality and consistency in the identification of individuals, providers and healthcare organisations. These include:

  • Improving the quality and accuracy of the HI Service and associated data
  • Enhancing the functionality and usability of the HI Service
  • Increasing the awareness and adoption of the HI Service across the health sector
  • Enabling innovation and future-proofing the HI Service

Download the National Healthcare Identifiers Roadmap 2023-2028 (PDF, 4.43 MB) as a PDF, or

view the HI Roadmap on the Agency’s website: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-us/strategies-and-plans/national-healthcare-identifiers-roadmap

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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

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From the CEO's desk

Jae Redden | CEO, HIMAA

Welcome to the latest edition of HIMAA Matters!

This month I start by welcoming new and re-joining members to HIMAA. It’s great that you have made the choice to join the HIMAA health information management community.  As a professional association, we exist to support you, our members. Together we can have a stronger, more effective voice, and work together on things that matter to you.

New initiatives launched over the past two months have been the:

  • National Clinical Coding Workforce Summit and next steps
  • Initiation of the National Clinical Coding and AI Industry Taskforce
  • HIMAA Leadership Development Series
  • New Member Resource area of the HIMAA website
  • Reduction in HIMAA membership price

For HIMAA members, we would love to receive your feedback on how well we are meeting your needs, so please take 4-5 minutes of your time to provide us with your feedback in our new HIMAA Member Quarterly Pulse Survey which closes on the 7th of July.

HIMs, Clinical Coders and CDI

Recently I was interviewed by CDIA (Clinical Documentation Improvement Australia) to talk about my career journey, my CDI experience, HIM and Clinical Coder involvement in CDI, and HIMAA’s support for CDI.

If you are interested in having a listen, it is available to the CDIA community here and will be posted on CDIA and HIMAA’s social media next week.

2024 National Health Information Management Conference – 28th-30th October

Early bird registrations are now open for the health information management learning and networking highlight of the year – the National Health Information Management Conference from 28th-30th October at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct.

Program highlights include:

  • Inspiring keynote speakers and presentations covering digital health, clinical coding, health information management, health classification, clinical updates, workforce, education and training, clinical documentation, and health information management research
  • A motivational speaker on burnout and wellbeing
  • Workshops on privacy and confidentiality, ICD-11, data quality, information asset registers, clinical documentation improvement, and analysis
  • Leadership masterclasses
  • The popular Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner
  • Opportunities for networking and connection
  • Engagement with sponsors and exhibitors

The draft program is now available via the conference website. Book your tickets today – make the most of discounted member prices, including new member incentives, and be part of this defining event for the profession. I would love to see you there.

Registrations are now open for the Leadership Masterclass and Coaching sessions for Executive Leaders and Emerging Leaders.

Individuals and organisations who provide products and services to support and enable health information management best practice are important contributors to the profession and practices of health information management. Opportunities are now available for conference sponsors and exhibitors. More details are available here

HIMAA Education Services and Diploma of Clinical Coding

The HIMAA Education Services team are pleased to welcome enrolments into the following courses:

  • HLT50321 Diploma of Clinical Coding
  • Elementary Medical Terminology
  • Comprehensive Medical Terminology
  • International Introductory ICD-10-AM/ACHS/ACS
  • International Intermediate ICD-10-AM/ACHS/ACS
  • International Advanced ICD-10-AM/ACHS/ACS
  • International Transition to 12th Edition
  • Refresher ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding

Check out our updated HIMAA Education Services website. Further courses will be introduced later in the year and in 2025. If you have an education need we can assist you with, please email us at education@himaa.org.au

New Volunteer Opportunities

A number of new volunteer opportunities are available to talented members of our community to contribute your expertise to advancing our profession:

  • HIMAA ACT Branch Convenor – this is a great opportunity to provide leadership and coordinate local activities for our members in the ACT region
  • HIMAA Education Services Advisory Committee – be part of shaping and informing HIMAA’s education courses to meet industry needs
  • Authors for a new Health Information Management textbook – contribute to current thought leadership related to health information management

HIM Week

To assist raise the profile of health information management in all its forms and the value you contribute, each year we invite you to arrange and join local and national events to profile and celebrate all that you do. See the article on how you can be part of HIM Week 19-23 August 2024.

Contract Coding

My apologies that the contract coding webinar was unexpectedly cancelled due to panel availability.  Based on the number of people who registered for the webinar this is a topic of interest to many members. To understand our member experiences related to contract coding and to determine if HIMAA should be doing anything to support member needs related to contract coding, we have sent a survey to those that registered to attend. If you would like to provide your feedback, please complete the survey here.

In closing, on behalf of the HIMAA team, I express my thanks to Julie Newland who recently left the Education Services team after 5 years with us as an Education Officer to take a new opportunity in the Northern Territory. We wish Julie all the best in her new role.

With the HIMAA team now supporting you from a number of locations in Australia and New Zealand, it was great to recently have a number of the team together prior to the National Clinical Coding Workforce Summit.

HIMAA HO Staff
From left to right:
Anderson – Finance Support, Karin – Executive Support, Annemarie – Quality and Compliance, Philida – Finance Director, Naomi – Events, Marketing & Communication, Sallyanne – CEO, Jenny – Membership Support, Cheryl – Student Support, Kathleen – HIM Advisor, Andrew – Learning Content Manager, Mary-Ellen – Education Director, Pat – ICT Manager (behind the camera)

If you come across anything you think is relevant for HIMAA to know or be involved in please email me, and also a reminder that I welcome your input and feedback at any time to ceo@himaa.org.au or +61 403 898 403 

I appreciate that the end of June and July is a busy time for many of our members as you complete clinical coding and other activities for the end of the financial year. Please look after yourself and each other in this busy season. Happy reading! 

Sallyanne

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– Legislation and policy including reforms to the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
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– Legislation and policy including reforms to the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
– Healthcare Identifiers Service improvements in data matching and data quality
– Architecture and data standards
– Operational improvements to governance, directory services development, education and stakeholder communication and engagement. Read more about the newly released roadmap here.

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– Legislation and policy including reforms to the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010
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– Architecture and data standards
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