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International recognition for ICT Services team

District in top 20 per cent of international digital health systems review.

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SydneyConnect Image: Demonstrating dedication to excellence in digital health

Sydney Local Health District has received global acknowledgment, named in the top 20 per cent in the 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey.

Each year, CHIME - the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives - survey more than 36,000 organisations to identify, recognise, and certify the adoption, implementation and use of information technology by healthcare providers.

The District has earned certification at level seven (of 10) for demonstrating dedication to excellence in digital health.

"The recognition goes to everyone who uses our District's digital health systems. Everyone's willingness and flexibility to adapt to new and changing technology means we've genuinely had a positive impact on patient experiences. It's an important part of our mission to deliver excellence in health and health care for all," Richard Taggart, the District's Chief Information Officer, said.

"The recognition from CHIME Digital Health Most Wired is testament to our collaborative efforts and a good benchmark which can inform our future in digital health. I'm really proud to be able to support our District community with a digitally enabled health service benchmarked against our peers internationally," he said.

The District ranked highly for excellence in categories such as telehealth, clinical monitoring, and end-user experience monitoring.

Special recognition went to the bespoke, digital end-to-end COVID-19 testing and vaccination management system as an example of excellence in remote access and management of data in non-conventional environments.

The District's Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson said the recognition was well-deserved.

"I'm really pleased to see this acknowledgement of the digital systems ICT build, implement and support. The best digital systems work in the background, intuitively improving our staff and patients' experiences.

"Recognition like this shines a light on our District and reminds us that every service and department makes a difference to our ability to care for our staff, patients, their families and the community," Dr Anderson said.

Visit the CHIME 2021 Digital Health Most Wired website for more information about the survey and benchmarks.