Digital Health and the My Health Record - has its day arrived?

Digital Health and the My Health Record - has its day arrived?

Principal speaker

Mr Jim Birch AM


Digital Health and the My Health Record - has its day arrived?


For as long as most people can remember the nirvana of a safe and seamless healthcare system has been sought. As far back as the mid - 1970's, health care doyen, Dr Sidney Sax, spoke of "a strife of interests". He even wrote a book of the same title. It described the politics in health and the many vested interests with a clear emphasis on the patient (or consumer) being the least powerful and most poorly served of these interests.

Not much has changed. However, notwithstanding our relative standing in the world as a good health system, dark clouds are on the horizon. An ageing demographic, inequality driven by the cost of health care, precarious insurance structures and a financing system that largely supports "disintegration" weigh on our health system. It is at a time of "dark clouds" that reform and innovation usually happens. Digital Health is no longer a gimmick or a novelty. However, has its day really arrived.

Jim Birch will explore the impeding full implementation of the My Health Record and the Framework for Action (now in draft form) for Digital Health in Australia into the 2020's.


Jim is currently a non-Executive Board Director and independent management consultant. Jim is a former Partner at Ernst and Young in the Government and Public Sector practice having previously been the Global Health Care Leader, the Oceania Government and Public Service Leader.

Jim has been a Chief Executive of a Human Services and Health Department (South Australia), Deputy Chief Executive of Justice and Chief Executive of many health service organisations. He has been Chair of the Australian Health Minister's Advisory Council, during which he led the establishment of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Jim is currently Chair of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Chair of the Australian Digital Health Agency, Deputy Chair of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Chair of Clevertar Pty Ltd, a Director of the Little Company of Mary Health Care (Calvary) and a Director of the Cancer SA Board.

Jim has recently been appointed to lead a Taskforce to determine the strategy and cost for relocating the Women's and Children's Hospital (Adelaide) to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

Since 2006, Jim has delivered or led major consultancies in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.


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***Please note the new venue for the Gold Coast Building 17 Theatre 3, and will now be located in Building 42 Griffith Business School Room 3.06***


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