The Australian Digital Health Agency has awarded a contract to Deloitte Consulting to deliver phase one of the national digital health infrastructure modernisation.

Deloitte Consulting secured the contract for the Health Information Gateway technology, following a competitive tender process.

The technology provides a secure and scalable platform to exchange and access health information, which includes key areas such as vaccinations as well as aged care data.

Key to the Australian Digital Health Agency’s future directions for national digital health infrastructure, the Health Information Gateway unlocks the former’s ability to deploy and manage additional health information repositories to support national priorities for the delivery of healthcare.

Additionally, the Gateway will provide improved support to integrate health information from multiple sources into clinical information systems.

It will also give all clinicians including general and specialist practitioners, hospital physicians, nurses and allied health professionals access to comprehensive patient information.

Furthermore, healthcare consumers will benefit by obtaining access to additional and detailed health information through their My Health Record.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Amanda Cattermole said: “A connected healthcare system is at the heart of the National Digital Health Strategy and while our national digital health infrastructure has already delivered significant benefits for Australians, it is now time to modernise and unlock the potential that new technologies offer.

“The new Health Information Gateway will reduce costs and technical and operational complexity often faced by healthcare providers by setting in place a single, consolidated gateway with reusable interfaces available to developers.

“And it requires fewer connections to be developed between healthcare providers and My Health Record and other digital health products and services.”

The Gateway, which is based on modern web services and standards, such as Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, can interoperate with other modern health information exchange technologies from the medical software industry.

Additionally, it will support various government authentication mechanisms to enable sharing of information across the health ecosystem.