Case Study: Victoria Health – Digital technology driving healthcare reform As with all heath systems around the world, the Victorian State Government are confronting increasing cost pressures in delivering health services. As part of healthcare reform, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services are developing a more person-centered system that focuses on keeping people healthy throughout their lives. Technology is at the centre of this new strategy to efficiently and cost effectively improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for its Victorian population.
The technology based strategic roadmap named Digitising health will enable clinical information to be shared safely, and in such a way as to meet individual needs and produce better and more cost-effective outcomes.
The 6 building blocks of Digitising Health are (Victoria Department of Health & Human Services 2016): Implementing digital clinical systems: reducing the reliance on paper-based systems when delivering clinical care. Shared clinical information: sharing relevant health and wellbeing information with those actively supporting the person. System integration and interoperability: providing a robust, secure and interoperable health network and systems infrastructure that provides equity of access for all individuals. Person-centred and place-based health and wellbeing: transitioning from providercentred healthcare towards preventive health and personalised pathways centred on the individual and responsive to their needs, location and preferences. • Preventive health and early intervention: focusing on prevention and early intervention to reduce the occurrence of chronic disease and start the journey to health and wellbeing early in life. • Applied health research, education and analytics: using analytics and research to facilitate the proactive identification of consumer healthcare needs to better position the sector to meet future challenges.