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5 June, 2019 - 9:45

General practices are leading the charge in signing up to My Health Record, according to new data released by the Australian Digital Health Agency.

In April 2018, 82% of general practices were connected to My Health Record, which tipped over to 92% in April 2019. General practitioners are also viewing and using My Health Record more often. In the 12 months to April 2019, there was a:

  • 13% increase in the number of shared health summaries uploaded by GP organisations.
  • 52% increase in the number of prescription records uploaded by GP organisations.
  • 60% increase in the views of clinical documents by GP organisations.

Jurisdiction

% of general practices connected to My Health Record

April 2018

April 2019

New South Wales

82%

92%

Victoria

79%

87%

Queensland

91%

100%

South Australia

88%

95%

Western Australia

89%

98%

Tasmania

73%

77%

Australian Capital Territory

79%

85%

Northern Territory

74%

78%

 

“General practice has led the health system in being computerised. They have been of benefit in making the care of our patients better and easier in improving information access and automating simple processes like prescription writing,” says Adelaide-based general practitioner and Chair of the AMA Federal Ethics Committee, Dr Chris Moy.

“My Health Record now offers us the next big leap in the use of the computers on our desktops. Once GPs have that “light-bulb” moment when they realise, for the first time, that they can access information such as pathology results and hospital discharge letters, they will realise that they will be able to make better informed decisions about patient care in the future.”

Unpredictability is one of the biggest challenges in managing chronic or complex illnesses. For some people, the slightest change in levels of specific minerals is the difference between an ordinary day and going to the emergency room.

Consumer Harry Iles-Mann knows this all too well. The 26-year-old has ulcerative colitis and liver disease and significant health challenges since he turned three.

“The majority of health decisions I make now on a daily basis are primarily bounded in what my blood is saying my health is like,” Harry says.

“I’ve gone through periods where I’ve been magnesium and iron deficient. This has required infusions and supplements to make sure that I’m keeping those levels up. Without up-to-date information on my blood pathology, my health can deteriorate to the point that I need to present at emergency.”

“It can be easy to lose track of your medicines, scans and blood test results, particularly if you don’t have a regular GP,” says Agency Chief Medical Adviser, Clinical Professor Meredith Makeham.

“My Health Record ensures that no matter where you are, or who you see, your important health information is available in one place. This visibility helps us, as healthcare professions, make more informed decisions about the care we provide you.”

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 decided to use My Health Record.

Further information on how to register to connect to the My Health Record system is available on the My Health Record website.

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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.