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A discharge summary is based on a national standard for a patient's hospital visit.

What is a discharge summary?

The Agency's discharge summary specification supports a national standard for electronically capturing details of a patient's hospital stay in a structured format. The information contained in the discharge summary can be shared between the patient's doctor, the referring specialist and a community pharmacy to support the continued care of the patient once they are discharged from hospital.

When a healthcare provider creates a discharge summary, it will be sent directly to the intended recipient, as per current practices. When a hospital is connected to the My Health Record system, a copy of the Discharge Summary can also be sent to the patient's My Health Record.

View example of a discharge summary


Which hospitals are uploading discharge summaries?

Over 700 public hospitals are already uploading discharge summaries to the My Health Record system, and more are connecting every month.

See a list of hospitals already connected.