MY HEALTH RECORD UPDATE

Published on November 29, 2018

Our team released a blog on My Health Record a few weeks ago; however, there has since been updates we thought everyone should be across! 

 

PURPOSE OF MY HEALTH RECORD 

The purpose of My Health Record in our understanding is that this is a platform for registered healthcare providers involved in patients care to support improved decision making and continuity of care. 

 

NEW OPT OUT DATE 

All Australians will have until the 31st of January 2019 to opt out of My Health Record, as the deadline has now been extended.  

 

WHAT INFORMATION DOES MY HEALTH RECORD INCLUDE? 

My Health Record includes the following information: 

  • Shared Health Summaries (e.g. diagnoses, current medications, allergies and adverse reactions) 
  • Referrals  
  • Event Summaries 
  • Specialists Letters 
  • Discharge Summaries 
  • Advanced Care Planning Information 
  • Past Health Related Information 
  • Child Development Information 
  • Consumer-Entered Information  
  • Medication Records 
  • Medicines Information View  
  • ePrescriptions / eReferrals  
  • Medicare Overview  
  • Pathology Reports / Diagnostic Imaging Reports. 

 

WHAT IS A SHARED HEALTH SUMMARY? 

A Shared Health Summary (SHS) provides a patient’s status at a point in time. These are especially beneficial for patients with chronic conditions or multiple co-morbidities.  

 

To create an SHS, a healthcare provider must obtain the patient’s agreement that they are to be a nominated healthcare provider (NHP) for the patient. If you are not the NHP (but you are authorised) you can still access the patient’s MHR, and you can upload clinically relevant information using an Event Summary which details significant healthcare events relevant to ongoing care, e.g. a new diagnosis or a clinical intervention. Any healthcare provider at an organisation participating in the MHR system can upload an Event Summary. 

 

 

IS MY HEALTH RECORD SAFE FOR PATIENTS? 

Healthcare providers such as General Practitioners are bound by the Privacy Act 1988- https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2018C00034 . This Act outlines the privacy responsibilities that providers must comply with as part of managing health and personal information.  

 

My Health Record can only be accessed by Healthcare provider organisations who are authorised to connect to the My Health Record system, in addition to the organisation using conformant clinical software. 

 

This means only General Practitioners registered with My Health Record System Operator and that are involved with an individual patient’s care are allowed by law to access patients My Health Record.  

 

 

IS MY HEALTH RECORD SAFE FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS? 

Access and all use of the My Health Record system is monitored by the Australian Digital Health Agency Cyber Security Centre. If an patients My Health Record is deliberately accessed without authorisation, criminal penalties may apply. These may include up to two years in jail and up to $126,000 in fines.  

 

 

MY HEALTH RECORD ONLINE TRAINING  

For further training on how to use My Health Record or for additional information for providers, please see the following link – https://training.digitalhealth.gov.au/login/index.php . 

 

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU: 

Contact us directly on admin@peoplemedical.com.au. 

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People Medical Consulting are a team of professionals with a passion for guiding those specialising in the Medical industry to find their career pathway and settle into Australia. Working with both Australian trained and Overseas trained professionals, we have extensive experience in Recruitment of General Practitioners and Document Assistance for those requiring support with RACGP, AHPRA, 19AA and 19AB Medicare Exemptions