The development of the world’s first Digital Hospitals Handbook has reached its final stages.
The Digital Hospital Handbook aims to develop a set of principles and recommendations that inform the design and implementation of digital hospitals—both new and refurbished. The handbook will enable innovative ways of providing health care services and supports positive outcomes for stakeholders now and in the future.
The development schedule was revised earlier this year to ensure the perspectives of all stakeholders were appropriately considered prior to the handbook’s publication. The input of a broad group of stakeholders is critical to support the use and application of the handbook in the future.
The project for the Digital Hospitals Handbook commenced in 2015 and has proceeded through a number of phases, including an extended period of committee drafting, peer review, and comment resolution. The handbook is now in the final stages of development, which involves editing and styling as well as a final review by key stakeholders including government. The document is anticipated to be published by June 30.
Standards Australia’s technical committee IT-039—which is responsible for the development of the Digital Hospital Handbook—comprises a balanced representation of stakeholder interests. Membership of the technical committee includes representatives from government, industry, academic, and health organizations.