NSLHD News October 15 2021

A new digital dawn for NSLHD Northern Sydney Local Health District has unveiled its new digital strategy for the next five years.

Acting Director of ICT Ann Mirapuri said the team consulted with a highly engaged sample of NSLHD staff from across a range of disciplines to arrive at a comprehensive strategy for all. “Over the years many staff have told us that a

The new document, which can be read by visiting bit. ly/3AD5V3c, is not just focussed on staff behind a computer. It’s that sort of buy-in that pleased Senior Manager for Investment and Service Delivery for Information Communications and Technology’s (ICT) Michael Bishop. “What was really exciting to see with the creation of our digital strategy is that this isn’t just an ICT strategy,” he said. “As we engaged with our clinical services and key leaders across the district, it became apparent very early on that this digital strategy would be about how we use digital health technology

clear technology strategy defining what we will and will not do is important to their roles,” she said. “Providing a great digital experience for our patients, automating mundane tasks, ensuring real time collaboration, improving telehealth and remote monitoring, enhancing the connectedness of systems and using the data we collect to make sound decisions were some of the things you told us. “We have taken this into Manuela Ferreira (pictured on the front page) said that despite the impact of spinal pain, it’s rarely due to serious disease and usually gets better with time. “Our spine is strong and old concepts like back pain is caused by poor posture or bending are no longer supported by research,” she said. “The latest findings show that there are no right and wrong postures for the spine, as long as we keep moving and changing positions frequently. “The current advice from researchers is to keep working and remain as active as possible. It’s also important

Staff involved in developing the new digital strategy

a clear direction and priorities for the ICT team for the next five years.” Chief Nursing and Midwifery Information Officer Sally Duncan was also thrilled to see the strategy come to fruition.

and data to improve patient care, increase collaboration within and across teams and operate with a greater level of insight into the wellbeing of our patients and our service delivery.” “This is a comprehensive roadmap that will continue to improve digital health capabilities by supporting our staff and our patients to be better connected in our district,” she said. Kolling researchers challenge old concepts to improve care To mark World Spine Day on October 16, the Back Pain account and have developed the Digital Strategy that sets

to limit the use of strong medications and injections, and to consider the role of surgical procedures as many have limited benefit in the long term. “Our Back Pain Research team is continuing our program to help those suffering from spinal pain and is conducting several ground-breaking studies. “Our research is focusing on broadening our knowledge around the efficacy and safety of the most common surgical procedures, and the development of innovative digital approaches to bring the best care to patients with spinal pain.”

Research team at the Kolling Institute is urging those who experience the condition to adopt the latest advice and keep moving. Spinal pain is extremely common, affecting around 800 million people globally. The condition compromises social, family and work activities, and is the main reason Australians retire involuntarily. The lower back and neck are most commonly affected, with those over 75 suffering the most. Head of the Kolling’s Back Pain Research team Professor



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