11 May 2018

My Health Record to be rolled out by the end of 2018

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Healthcare providers across Australia are preparing for the complete rollout of the My Health Record to every citizen by the end of this year- unless they have opted out.

Over 5.5 million Australians, 20% of the population currently have a My Health Record with the goal of reaching 100% before 2019.

The system is an integral component of the digital transformation which is revolutionising the healthcare sector, enabling busy departments to access real time information, reduce wait times and deliver a higher quality of care.

According to ADHA, “hospital staff can use My Health Record via connected systems every day including to provide input into discharge summaries documenting a patient’s encounter in the hospital. To date, more than 1.5 million discharge summaries have been uploaded to the My Health Record system.”

Recently published research from ADHA found that the quality of data captured and the method of information management varied across hospitals. This highlighted the need for uniform and accessible summaries to be standardised for information to be transferred seamlessly and correctly across organisations.

In corporation with the agency’s delivery partners, some of the engagement activities include:

·        Jurisdictions have commenced front-line awareness through education of clinical staff to ensure readiness for the opt out period
·       Thirty-one PHNs in partnership with ADHA have been engaged to provide awareness and have reached out to over 4,000 GP practices and 2,800 community pharmacies
·       The Agency’s Provider Readiness Education team has so far provided over 700 education sessions across the country to a wide range of clinical stakeholders
·       The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Agency will work together to help raise awareness and support for GPs and their patients to effectively use the My Health Record

Bringing together 20+ digital hospital leaders from around Australia and internationally, the 2nd Digital Hospitals Summit is returning to the Swissotel Sydney this June 18-20.

With a practical focus on implementing digital processes in your hospital, the summit will equip attendees with the ability to leverage real time data for enhanced decision making and ensure complete interoperability with your IT infrastructure.

Still interested? Stay tuned for information on the upcoming 2nd Digital Hospitals Summit by following us on Facebook @ Akolade Aust 

Written by: Claire Dowler

Claire is the manager of Akolade’s government and digital portfolio. She’s passionate about emerging digital trends, particularly in the public sector. In her spare time she enjoys picking up heavy things and putting them back down again and animals are her favourite kind of people. 

Follow me on LinkedIn for information regarding future Akolade events as well as future blogs posts @ Claire Dowler

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