ADHA gets Foxo-y

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The ADHA’s quest to connect healthcare providers ramps up with a new Aussie health tech partnership.

Gold Coast-based, health communications platform Foxo has announced a partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency’s Provider Connect Australia portal.

Mani Sahihi, chief operating officer at Foxo, said in a LinkedIn post today that the collaboration “empowers Foxo to provide widespread equitable access on to our community tier network” which can be “now be initiated directly from the Provider Connect Australia portal”.

The Foxo community tier is free to access and includes the basic tools for secure single and group messaging and patient-centred communication, according to its website.

Ms Sahihi said the Provider Connect Australia partnership with Foxo provides healthcare professionals a centralised hub for updating information and direct access to secure communication pathways.

“This enhanced accessibility to Foxo’s community network plays a pivotal role in fostering external, real-time collaboration between healthcare disciplines, including primary care, pharmacy, allied, secondary care and diagnostics,” she wrote.

Rolling out Provider Connect Australia is a current priority of the National Digital Health Strategy roadmap launched this month by the ADHA. It is intended to synchronise up-to-date information about healthcare providers, across multiple health service directories, including the National Health Services Directory, which is managed by Healthdirect.

According to the ADHA’s National Healthcare Interoperability Plan, “having a trusted national directory that accurately identifies healthcare providers and services is an important aspect of interoperability. This has been demonstrated in the covid pandemic”.

“Without an agreed source of truth to accurately identify health services, individuals, public health staff and healthcare organisations have the burden of navigating through multiple unaligned health directories,” the interoperability plan says.

Foxo was a semi-finalist in the Australian Technologies Competition for tech scale-ups in 2022 which was supported by Investment NSW and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

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