New National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework
November 10, 2020
Nurses and midwives are increasingly using digital health tools in their day-today delivery of care. The new framework is a tool that helps midwives and nurses evaluate their current level of digital health capability and identify potential areas for further development.
Digital health is a critical part of any modern healthcare industry and its adoption is key to improving patient care outcomes, improving clinical utility, and increasing sustainability of the Australian healthcare system. The evolution of technology in healthcare also requires a specialised workforce who understand and realise the significance of socio-technical dimensions in digital health implementations.
The pressing need for recognised digital heath training and education is supported by Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure
The Australian Digital Health Agency is tasked with implementing the strategy, including the ‘Workforce and Education’ priority to support a “workforce confidently using digital health technologies to deliver health and care”. The stakeholder consultation that informed the Workforce and Education priority identified that healthcare professionals want more support in learning how to maximise the benefits of digital health tools and services.
The Agency has committed to collaborating with governments, care providers, and partners in workforce education so that all healthcare professionals have access to resources that will support them in the confident and efficient use of digital health. In addition, the strategy proposes rapid promotion of a network of clinician digital health leaders and champions across Australia.
To address this need for the nursing and midwifery workforce, the Agency initiated the development of the National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework.