We assist primary health care providers to understand and make meaningful use of digital health.
Supporting Health Professionals
The Australian digital health environment incorporates several digital infrastructure and technologies at national, state, regional and organisation levels.
Our Practice Development Coordinators provide general practice support for all aspects of digital health, including:
MBS telehealth items are available to providers of telehealth services for a wide range of consultations. All Medicare eligible Australians can now receive these services.
Visit our COVID-19 MBS Telehealth webpage for more information.
From 31 October 2019, changes to Commonwealth legislation recognise an electronic prescription as an optional, alternative legal form to paper prescription for prescribers (including doctors, dentists, optometrists, midwives and nurse practitioners, excluding veterinarians) and their patients by which medicines can be supplied under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Paper and electronic prescriptions will meet the relevant Commonwealth and State and Territory legislation.
Patients may choose to have a new prescription in electronic prescription or paper form and must have an individual healthcare identifier (IHI) to participate (individuals enrolled into Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) will already have an IHI).
The PIP eHealth Incentive aims to encourage practices to keep up-to-date with digital health and adopt new digital health technology as it becomes available.
The Practice Incentive Program (PIP) Quality Improvement (QI) Incentive has been temporarily amended to provide greater support to general practice business continuity and ensure patients keep access to essential face-to-face care during the COVID-19 pandemic. GP Practices that open for face-to-face services for a minimum of four hours a day (or for part time practices for an average of 50% of their normal practice opening hours) will have their next two Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIPQI) payments doubled. Find out more on the Department of Health website.
We work with general practices to improve the quality of their patient data. This enhances outcomes for the practice and patients but also informs our population health planning.
Western Sydney GPs can now access their patients’ discharge summaries from public hospitals in Western Sydney via their clinical system through secure messaging.
To register to receive electronic discharge summaries please contact your Practice Development Coordinator or our Helpdesk on 8811 7117.
Additional Digital Health Enablers
These enablers offer local health care providers and community members streamlined access to information which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care, offering unique features to support enhanced care and work together to support a more coordinated system.
Progressing Health Now
Find out more about other Programs and Priorities for Western Sydney.