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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Are You Amazed At The Trivial Nature Of Recent Press Releases from the ADHA?

This appeared last week:

Patients in Tweed Heads benefit as Advanced Radiology Clinics joins My Health Record

25 June, 2019 - 9:00
Patients in Tweed Heads are benefiting from more convenient and comprehensive access to their scan results as local radiology provider Advanced Radiology Clinics connects to the My Health Record system.
Following patient consent, the results of scans and tests conducted at Advanced Radiology Clinics will be uploaded directly to the patient’s My Health Record.
Advanced Radiology Clinics is a small privately owned radiology group with four practices across the Tweed/Gold Coast area, including Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Palm Beach Elanora. 
“Our company is small; however we offer the same services with exceptional patient care in collaboration with our local general practitioners. We appreciate the support for our radiology services,” says practice manager, Celeste Harm.
“Each day we perform examinations across all of our sites, ranging from CT, mammography, X-rays, OPG, Holter monitors, full body composition scan, bone densitometry for diagnosis of osteoporosis, echo cardiography, general, musculoskeletal, obstetric ultrasounds, intervention procedures under both CT and ultrasound modalities for the treatment of numerous conditions” said Ms Harm.
“Every examination is important to us and we want to ensure a copy of your examination results are safely available when and where needed in the future. With My Health Record, we know that you and your healthcare team will always have access to the examinations we perform at Advanced Radiology Clinics” she added.
When a patient has completed their scan, and their report is finalised, Advanced Radiology Clinics will then upload their results into the patient’s My Health Record. The imaging report won’t be immediately available to the patient to allow time for the referring clinician to review the results and discuss the findings with them. Patients will be able to access their report via their My Health Record 7 days after the report was uploaded.
“This is another step forward in connecting the health system in New South Wales,” says the Chief Medical Adviser of the Australian Digital Health Agency and general practitioner Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham.
“Over a third of us have some form of imaging every year, with many of us needing more than just one test. It’s easy to quickly lose track of your results, particularly if you don’t have a regular GP or when you are seeing a range of healthcare professionals to manage multiple conditions.”
“My Health Record allows you to keep your important test results safe in one place, which you and your healthcare providers can access at any time. Visibility of your information helps your healthcare providers make more informed decisions when providing you treatment or care,” she added.
The Agency is working with healthcare provider organisations across the country to connect healthcare professionals to the My Health Record system and improve the information available to consumers who have a My Health Record. The more information that is available in a patient’s My Health Record, the more healthcare providers have available to make complex decisions about a patient’s health and treatment options. The availability of diagnostic scan results in My Health Record will lead to improved health outcomes for all Australians and assist them to be empowered with their health information.
Here is the link:
You can visit the service from this link:
There you will discover that this is basically a country radiology practice with very basic facilities – lacking even MRI and nuclear medicine -  which most would see as a basic imaging mode these days. However I might be wrong as the web-site is still dated 2015 and lots could have happened in the intervening period!
At what scale of irrelevant news does the ADHA team of spinners say that enough is enough and we should provide somewhat important information to the public regarding their $2Billion + investment. Maybe they might devote themselves to updating us all on just  how much the system is actually being used by clinicians and what impact this is having on aggregate clinical outcomes.
It they had the data I am sure we would all be told about it, so I am sure they have no credible idea!
What do you think?


Anonymous said...

I think your wasting your energy preaching to the converted. Do you really think that something as entrenched and ubiquitous as the My Health Record is going to change direction in some way or another.

Dr David G More MB PhD said...

With what it is costing and with the little use it is getting (otherwise we would be more than hearing about it!) I can see the plug being pulled at quite short notice.

The new ADHA Board hardly contains a collection of total enthusiasts regarding the myHR as used to be the case.