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.
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.