Thursday, November 23, 2017
The Push To Try And Ramp Up Use Of The myHR Seems To Be Gathering Pace! I Wish They Would Spend Our Money More Wisely!
Two examples this week.
First we had:
17 November, 2017
Australian men need to take greater control of their health, announced the Australian Men’s Shed Association who is encouraging men to register for a My Health Record during Movember.
Gary Green, Community Engagement Manager at the Australian Men’s Shed Association, said they are partnering with the Australian Digital Health Agency to distribute My Health Record toolkits to members around Australia.
“This is an important step and opportunity for men to take more control over their health. The Men’s Shed movement aims to advance the wellbeing of Australian men and My Health Record is another step towards achieving this goal,” Mr Green said.
“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with the Agency to support the distribution of My Health Record to around 1000 Men’s Sheds and their members across Australia.”
Agency CEO Tim Kelsey believes that My Health Record provides many valuable benefits for men.
“Encouraging men to discuss their healthcare concerns with their doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare specialist can be difficult,” said Mr Kelsey.
“My Health Record supports and assists men to have these conversations; enabling better connected care and, ultimately, better health outcomes.”
My Health Record gives men (and the broader community) the capacity to upload important health information including allergies and current medications; and they don’t need to remember the dates of tests, medicine names or dosages.
and second we had:
By: Priyankar Bhunia
17 Nov 2017
My Health Record has been integrated with three pharmacy software solutions. In addition, a partnership has been reached with the peak national body representing pharmacists.
Pharmacists can now upload dispense records and view hospital discharge summaries, shared health summaries, and allergy information to My Health Record using enhanced Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne software. All three provide software solutions for pharmacies.
This is a result of close cooperation between the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) and the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA). It follows the launch of the Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership earlier this year. (In July, a partnership was initiated with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.)
Connection to My Health Record is an important step to enabling pharmacists to play a more integrated role in medications management and coordinated care. Pharmacists can have timely information on a person’s current medications, whether dispensed at hospital discharge, or through any community pharmacy in the country.
My Health Record also provides pharmacists access to clinically relevant information from other healthcare providers including hospital discharge summaries, GP shared health summaries, and consumer-entered information about over-the-counter medications and other supplements.
Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said the announcement represents an important milestone to promote the safer use of medicine – and reduce the estimated 230,000 hospital admissions each year due to medication errors. (Click here for OpenGov’s recent interview with Mr. Kelsey where he talks about how the Agency is working to create a seamlessly-connected digital healthcare system for Australia.)
“I congratulate Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne for introducing this important capability. Pharmacists using these clinical systems will enjoy greater access to medical information about their customers and will seamlessly contribute important information on dispensed medicines in their customers’ My Health Records,” Mr. Kelsey said.
Other software providers are well advanced in their development work and are expected to integrate with My Health Record system in the coming weeks. Mr. Kelsey said that an enormous amount of work has gone into co-designing a solution with consumers, healthcare providers and the software industry, leading to this milestone for software organisations who took up the Agency’s industry offer.
MSIA President Emma Hossack said programs involving private enterprise and the government depend upon goodwill and trust.
“This project is proof of the new working relationship between the Agency and industry. It demonstrates what can be achieved in a relatively short time and augurs well for other jointly owned digital health improvements,” Ms. Hossack said.
Pharmaceutical Society of Australia National (PSA) President Shane Jackson said that conformant software is an important first step in connecting more community pharmacy software providers to My Health Record.
Co-sponsor of the Agency’s Medications Safety Programme Dr Steve Hambleton said that the addition of Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne to the suite of pharmacy software that can interact with My Health Record is another milestone in the rollout of better, safer care.
Lots more here:
I have to say I do have some worries with the security of data in the myHR with all those point of care pharmacy systems – which are often in reasonably open spaces – having access to the myHR, but it does seem the ADHA is pushing on regardless to flog this dead system to as many as possible.
If only they would pause, rethink and move on in better ways that might actually really work. Right now almost no-one seems to really want to use the myHR.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Thursday, November 23, 2017