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17 June, 2019 - 12:15

South Australia Pathology has connected to the My Health Record system, providing SA Health patients convenient access to their pathology reports and faster pathology results for clinicians.

South Australians can now take any pathology request form to any SA Pathology collection centre and their report can be uploaded to their My Health Record giving patients timely access to their pathology results.

Some of the benefits of having pathology results on a My Health Record include:

  • being able to keep track of tests and know when they were carried out
  • the ability to monitor results over time
  • improved access to health information for clinicians and individuals
  • enabling healthcare professionals to save time so they can focus on delivering care

Dr Chris Moy, Adelaide General Practitioner and Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency says, “As a GP who is often forced to waste valuable time chasing down pathology results, especially for a new patient, this will make my job easier and the patient's care safer.

If that patient had their test carried out by SA Pathology, I will be able to view it immediately on My Health Record, even if it was ordered by another doctor and not addressed to me. This removes the need for the traditional but dreaded phone around to all the local labs to find these out” SA Pathology Clinical Services Director, Dr Tom Dodd, says “This connection is a great development for SA Pathology and means our customers will now benefit from being able to access their pathology results through My Health Record.

This also will benefit GPs who will be able to have up to date pathology information for their patients.” Julia Overton, Chief Executive, Health Consumers Alliance SA says “Consumers have a right to see their test results and share these with their clinicians to support the management of their own health. Patients can choose which pathology laboratory they go to, and the public provider, SA Pathology, offers a real choice for those who are keen to have their reports available in My Health Record.”

Tim Kelsey, CEO Australian Digital Health Agency says this new connection means more convenient access to information for South Australians, “The connection of SA Pathology is an important milestone for South Australia and is another step forward in ensuring Australians have access to timely, safe and secure healthcare information which can be used by clinicians to make informed decisions about their care.”

“Nationally more than 180 pathology labs and 450 diagnostic imaging practices are connected to My Health Record and are sharing more than half a million reports each week with individuals. These uploaded reports are helping Australians by improving access to their health information and reducing unnecessary tests and scans,” he added.

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About the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Agency is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems, and implementing Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia in collaboration with partners across the community. The Agency is the System Operator of My Health Record, and provides leadership, coordination, and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system. These improvements will give individuals more control of their health and their health information, and support healthcare providers to deliver informed healthcare through access to current clinical and treatment information. Further information: www.digitalhealth.gov.au.