Merge forms Australasian Institute of Digital Health

Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

Merge forms Australasian Institute of Digital Health

The new peak body for health informatics and digital health — the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) — is officially open. Formed from a merger between the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI), the institute calls on new members and fellows to join the digital health movement.

Institute Chair Michael Walsh said, “The vision of the institute — Healthier lives, digitally enabled — reflects a new broader focus for digital health.

“We will be bringing together the leaders, innovators and forward thinkers of health care to collaborate with citizens, patients and carers across health and community care,” he said.

“Healthier lives, digitally enabled centres around our ethos of quality, accessible and equitable person-centred health care delivered in a digital world.”

Walsh explained that AIDH will focus on three key areas: workforce development in the digital health age; leading and influencing the progression of digital health through innovation and discovery; and citizen and clinical engagement in digital health.

“Our mission is to be a catalyst for collaboration as we develop partnerships, elevate the voice of clinicians and consumers, and build a health workforce to deliver the digital health future,” Walsh said.

Institute CEO Dr Louise Schaper encouraged anyone advanced in their digital health or health informatics career to apply for fellowship of the institute, the most senior accolade awarded to individuals who have and are making an impact on building a health system for the digital age.

“The formation of the institute is testament to the people driving digital health and health informatics in the region and the vision they have for a unified future for our digital health movement.”

She said all members of HISA and ACHI would be acknowledged by the institute as foundational members, along with any individuals and organisations who join before 30 April 2020.

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