Thursday, April 20, 2017
I Wonder Why Discharge Summaries Are Not Discussed With The Patient Before Being Uploaded To The myHR.
This blog appeared last week:
Monday, 10 April 2017
Dr Steve Hambleton, MBBS FAMA FRACGP (Hon) GAICD
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Amongst my other roles, I've been a GP at the Kedron Park 7-Day Medical Centre in Brisbane for the past 29 years. Many of my patients have been in my care for a long time and I know them very well but I cannot be there for them every day. Like a lot of GPs who have been in the same practice for a long time, I mainly treat people with chronic and complex disease.
I believe one of the responsibilities of General Practitioners is to facilitate patients’ interactions with the health system as a whole, and it’s particularly important for those with chronic ailments. For this reason, I am an early adopter of My Health Record – the secure, online digital summary of a patient’s pertinent medical information, including diagnosis, outcomes, medications, reactions and allergies.
The benefits of the My Health Record cannot be understated. One of my patients with a list of chronic diseases – heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral vascular disease, kidney disease and chronic myeloid leukaemia – was recently taken to a Queensland public hospital with an acute deterioration in his heart condition. As a result of his various illnesses, the patient had several different specialist doctors attending him, and each of these doctors was able to consult his My Health Record for information on his latest treatments, medications and outcomes. These details informed their own treatment plans. Ultimately, everyone involved, and particularly the patient, benefited from having all of his crucial medical information stored in one accessible digital file avoiding duplicate testing and the inevitable phone calls needed to find bits of information from multiple sources.
Another example benefit of My Health Record adoption involves the automatic inclusion of a patient’s hospital discharge summary. I’ve had patients come to see me so soon after a stint in hospital that their discharge summary hasn’t had time to arrive. Although sketchy on the details, my patient recalled that there were changes in their medications which I should to be aware of. In the old days, I’d have had to chase up the discharge summary, or call the hospital pharmacy, wasting time and resources. Now I can simply check the patient’s My Health Record, which in Queensland public hospitals, now usually contains a recently added copy of the summary that includes all the relevant information – a streamlined system in which, once again, the patient wins.
Note the last paragraph mentioned: I was given a copy of the discharge summary from my last admission and at the time I said to the intern not to upload the Summary. She had not heard of the myHR etc. so was more than happy to comply.
A day ago I checked and somehow it had been uploaded as there as one detail I was not happy with.
Seems to fascists have taken really taken over. Looks like automatic does really mean automatic despite consent being specifically being denied.
Might make a call or two and see what is going on.
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, April 20, 2017