New peak body for digital health community
The Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) and the Australasian College of Health Informatics (ACHI) have merged to form the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH).
AIDH was officially launched on 24 February 2020, following an 89% positive vote from HISA and ACHI members and Fellows in December 2019.
The new peak body will represent the broad digital health community, including health informaticians, clinicians, researchers and healthcare organisations.
Institute CEO Dr Louise Schaper said: “What’s going on in healthcare, and what our members are telling us, is there is growing momentum around the need for a digitally enabled health workforce. This includes a growing demand for education, training, professional pathways, certification and leadership development in digital health across the health sector. The Board of HISA and the ACHI Council believed they could meet more of this demand by coming together to create a new organisation.”
“The time is right for a single unified voice from health informatics and digital health leaders and experts at a time when members of the general public and public policy makers are looking for advice and guidance. Clearly our members agreed with us and we were so pleased to see over 85% of the membership vote in favour of the merger.”