Digital Health

Primary health care nurses are key contributors to a digitally competent health system and prioritising the use of digital health technologies to improve service delivery and health outcomes is a key focus for primary healthcare.

APNA continues to drive the growth of nurse capabilities and confidence to influence a constantly evolving national digital health system for safe, effective care for people.

My Health Record

My Health Record (MyHR) is a secure online summary of key patient health information. It is immediately accessible and can be used to assist nurses to access information they need, to make more informed choices when caring for their patients.

The *NEW* my health app is a secure and convenient way for Australians to view key health information that has been uploaded to an individual's My Health Record.

The new my Health app

National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework

Developed by the Australian Digital Health Agency and Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH), in collaboration with APNA and other peak body organisations, the National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework outlines the capabilities required to support individuals and organisations in extending their digital health development. The framework outlines core skills, knowledge and behaviours required for professional practice across five domains, and should be used as a resource to guide individuals, employers and educators to help support professional development and planning and to identify areas where knowledge gaps exist.

National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework

  1. Digital Professionalism: Professional standards are maintained in the digital environment
  2. Leadership and Advocacy: Digital health leadership and advocacy supported by clear policy
  3. Data and Information Quality: Data quality must be present
  4. Information-enabled Care: Care must be supported by rigorous data analysis and critical appraisal
  5. Technology: Technology needs to be understood and used appropriately

Tell us how you use the Digital Health Capability Framework and other digital health tools. Take the 3 minute Survey now.

Episode 1 - What is the Framework (2:37 mins)

APNA President, Karen Booth joins others to outline how nurses can use the framework to ascertain their own level of digital health knowledge, and to identify where knowledge gaps exist.

Episode 2 - Digital Health Benefits (2:00 mins)

APNA President, Karen Booth provides practical examples of ways that digital technologies are used to streamline patient care.

Further Education

APNA Online Learning

My Health Record: Taking your patient care to the next level

Develop confidence and expand knowledge in the use of My Health Record system for primary health care nurses.

Australian Digital Health Agency Online Learning

Access My Health Record Online Training

Not Just a Nurse Podcast’ episode with Angela Ryan from the Australian Digital Health Agency (Nov 2020)

Digital Health: NurseTransformers’ interview with Tammy Iacomella and Mary-Anne Schlosser (June 2022)

Incorporating Electronic Prescribing into Practice’ episode with Nurse Practitioner Sian Pritchard (July 2022)

Also in this section

Digital Health Learning and Case Studies

Expand your knowledge, understanding and use of digital health tools and technologies by accessing a range of Digital Health education specifically designed for nurses and midwives.

Nurse DIGEST webinar series

Nurse DIGEST webinars explore useful digital technologies designed to enhance your daily practice. Sessions are only 30 minutes long and recordings of past events are available.

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