Digital health initiatives open new opportunities for western Victoria’s health professionals and their capacity to offer timely and effective care to their patients.
The Australian Digital Health Agency defines digital health as: “electronically connecting up the points of care so that health information can be shared securely”.
Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) works closely with all tiers of government alongside local health services and primary care clinicians to encourage the use of digital health innovations. Such innovations break down barriers and enhance services, particularly for people living in our region’s rural and remote areas.
Digital Health Strategy
WVPHN has launched its Digital Health Strategy 2023-2026 to guide us on how we can work with the primary health care community and other key agencies and stakeholders to further develop digital health capabilities in our region.
Digital health self assessment survey
In March 2023, WVPHN invited general practices in western Victoria to complete an online Digital Health Self Assessment tool to identify how and when digital health activities were undertaken in primary health care. A total of 153 general practices completed the survey. This represents 72 per cent of the 213 practices that were operating in the region at that time. WVPHN has assessed the results of the survey and developed further actions to address key outcomes.
For a summary of the results and next steps, download the Digital Maturity Assessment Survey Flyer (PDF 417KB)
Contact WVPHN’s Digital Health team