Issue 1 - February 2016
What is My Health Record?
My Health Record gives you access to information about a patient’s health which you may not otherwise have been able to see. To access this information you don’t need to copy it into your system or do any extra work. The information you can access through My Health Record is outlined below:
- Shared Health Summary - A summary, authored by the treating doctor, of an individual’s health status including adverse reactions, medicines, medical history and immunisations
- Hospital Discharge Summaries - A record of an individual’s hospital stay and any follow up treatment required
- Diagnostic imaging reports - Such as ultrasounds or x-ray results (Currently Diagnostic Imaging reports are being updated by Northern Territory)
- Prescriptions and dispense information - Such as dosages and frequency
- Event Summaries - Clinical summaries of health events entered by the healthcare provider who was involved in the patient’s care to inform other treating healthcare providers
- Specialist letters - Referral letters and reports from one treating healthcare provider to another
Through their clinical information systems, GPs can:
- View hospital discharge summaries
- View specialist letters
- View and add medications
- View an Event Summary contributed by another GP
- Add a Shared Health Summary
- Add an Event Summary
My Health Record:
- The new name of the national digital health record system
Through their patient administration systems, hospitals can:
- View medications
- View Shared Health Summaries
- View and create specialist letters
- View Event Summaries
- Add hospital discharge summaries
- View their Shared Health Summary and other health documents in their record
- View Medicare or PBS claims
- Add important information on allergies
- Add emergency contact details
- Add other medication they are taking
- Add an Advance Care plan
- Set access controls
My Health Record is growing!
- Over 2.5 Million people have a record
- 1 New record created every minute (on average 2015)
- An extra 1 Million to get a My Health Record during participation trials
- Over 2.9 Million Prescription and Dispense records
- 8,010 Healthcare providers registered to use the system
- Over 337,000 Clinical Document Uploads
- Including 260,000 hospital discharge summaries
Why My Health Record is important.
- My Health Record facilitates the sharing of clinical and treatment information between healthcare providers as well as with individuals
- It is ethical practice to ensure that the information you create about your patients is available and accessible by other healthcare providers involved in their care
- As more information is contributed by different healthcare providers and as more patients sign up for a My Health Record, we will reach a tipping point where Australia’s health system becomes better connected
- My Health Record helps deliver healthcare more efficiently and effectively by minimising unnecessary repeat tests, managing medication better and improving ontinuity of care
- My Health Record allows healthcare providers to access patient information quickly and easily
- In a medical emergency, hospitals can get access to a patient’s record to provide the best possible care quickly, including information they may not have otherwise had access to
- The My Health Record system is a secure source of key clinical information
Overview: Improvements based on the review
- Changing the name from PCEHR to My Health Record
- Improving the usability of the system and increasing the clinical content in the records
- Reviewing existing incentives to encourage use of the system by general practitioners
- Refreshing training materials and training delivery for healthcare providers on how to use the system
- Trialling new participation arrangements for individuals, including an opt-out system to inform future strategies for bringing forward the benefits of My Health Record nationally (see ‘Another million Australians to have a record!’ to the right)
- Establishing a new agency (The Australian Digital Health Agency) as the single accountable organisation for digital health in Australia. This Agency is planned to be operational from 1 July 2016. Governance arrangements will reflect the key stakeholders and beneficiaries of the system
System: Making My Health Record easier to use
Today’s My Health Record system includes:
- Prescription and dispense documents
- Consumer and Provider portal and system improvements
- Specialist letters
- Inclusion of Medicare data (MBS, PBS, RPBS, AODR)
- Hospital Discharge Summary capability
- Assisted registration for individuals
- Healthcare provider access in an emergency situation
- Pathology report capability
- Diagnostic Imaging report capability
- Security Improvements
The General Practice contribution
From May this year general practices will need to contribute about five Shared Health Summaries per GP per quarter, to maintain eligibility for the incentive payment.
The key contribution required from general practices is the shared health summary information for their patients. This will provide valuable clinical information for individuals and other healthcare providers involved in treating them.
New online and face-to-face training will help general practices and GPs become familiar with and confident to use today’s My Health Record system.
Formal, written notification to general practices of the new requirements will occur in March.
Trials: Another million Australians to have a record!
Residents of these locations will be informed by letter that a My Health Record will be created for them, and that they have to notify the System Operator by 27th May 2016 if they don’t want one.
By creating digital health records for an entire geographical area, the trials will be an opportunity to understand the benefits and key considerations associated with a system of connected healthcare.
Training: How do I learn more?
Face-to-face training will be available in trial areas for General Practice, Pharmacies and Hospitals. It will also be available on demand for general practices outside trial areas.
Legislative changes: What they mean for you
These changes are designed to make it easier for you to connect to and use the system.
They are also there to protect individuals against misuse of their information.
What you need to know:
- Participation agreements for My Health Record will be abolished – these are the contracts you enter into with the System Operator when you register to use the system. From 1 March 2016 you will no longer need to complete these because they will be included in the My Health Record legislation. This will make the connection process quicker and easier.
- Penalties are changing – to protect the interests of individuals, there will be stronger sanctions against misuse of the system. These penalties won’t apply to you if you accidentally or inadvertently access an individual’s My Health Record. These won’t affect you if you are practicing in good faith.
- You won’t be required to store assisted registration application forms from early 2016 – you no longer need to store signed application forms or submit them to the System Operator. It is up to you to decide how to capture consent going forward.
To provide suggestions for topics or feedback, email the MyHealthRecord inbox.
For more information and assistance on My Health Record
Call 1800 723 471 (select option 2)
Individuals (healthcare recipients)
Call 1800 723 471 (select option 1)