Nurses and midwives have embraced and incorporated the use of digital health information management and technology into the delivery of care.
My Health Record and Aged Care
The final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety released in February 2021 outlined over 148 recommendations, many of which were directly linked to improving care. The report highlighted the need for the aged care sector to improve digital health connection, including aged care facilities being connected to the My Health Record (MyHR).
The ANMF is working closely with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to increase awareness of the MyHR and all it has to offer in the aged care setting to improve care. We have developed a number of education tools to assist ANMF members in their understanding of the MyHR, its benefits and how the facility they work in can be connected. The education tools are available below.
Introductory Webinar - ‘My Health Record in Aged Care’
Join this pre-recorded webinar about the MyHR. Learn how having access to key health information can contribute to the safer use of medicines, better decision support for nurses and improved transitions of care. This webinar provides an opportunity for nurses and care workers working in aged care to better understand how the MyHR can be used to improve care outcomes.
Three brief interviews with ANMF members working in different roles in aged care discussing their experience with the MyHR:
What nurses need to know about using My Health Record in aged care
The National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework
The National Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Capability Framework was released in October 2020. The purpose of the Framework is to guide nurses and midwives to determine their digital capability level and identify where they can enhance their skills.
The Framework outlines five domains of digital capability for nurses and midwives, these include:
- Domain 1 - Digital Professionalism;
- Domain 2 - Leadership and Advocacy;
- Domain 3 - Data and Information Quality;
- Domain 4 - Information-Enabled Care; and
- Domain 5 - Technology
While completing a self-assessment using the Framework, nurses and midwives are guided to identify their current capability level, which may be the formative, intermediate or proficient level across the domains.
The Framework was developed by the ADHA and the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH). The ANMF assisted with development and chaired the Advisory Committee overseeing the project.
It is important to note that a nurse or midwife’s digital capability will be significantly impacted by the level of digital technologies they are able to access while working. For example, a nurse working in a health service with minimal access to digital technologies, will be unlikely to achieve a proficient level across all domains or a midwife working in a health setting which is introducing a new electronic medical record, may initially only be able to achieve a formative level in some of the domains.
The Framework is freely available to all nurses and midwives on the ADHA website.
There are also resources to assist nurses and midwives to use the Framework available at this link, including case studies and an organisational flow chart which can be used to identify the digital level of the health service or setting.
National Telehealth Professional Practice Standards for Nursing and Midwifery
The Telehealth professional practice standards for nursing and midwifery were developed to assist registered nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives in the provision of health services via telehealth technology.
These Telehealth standards provide registered nurses and midwives with the specific considerations for practice that should be addressed in the provision of all forms of telehealth.
National Guidelines for Telehealth On-line Video Consultation Funded Through Medicare
The Telehealth professional practice guidelines for nursing and midwifery were developed to assist nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives in the provision of health services via telehealth technology.
The guidelines provide advice to nurses and midwives on safe and effective Telehealth on-line video consultation, and uses a framework of: Right Person; Right Safety and Quality; Right Skills; and Right Equipment.
ANMF National Informatics Standards for Nurses and Midwives
Developed by the ANMF for the benefit of all nurses and midwives, these national Standards clearly articulate the standard of computer literacy, information literacy and information management required of all nurses and midwives, for practice in all settings.