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Using My Health Record for patient care

21 November 2019

A guide for clinical immunology/allergy specialists

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) through the National Allergy Strategy is collaborating with the Australian Digital Health Agency to improve the accessibility and quality of patient allergy information in My Health Record.

The accessibility of information about a patient’s food and/or drug allergy is an important step to improve patient safety in this area.

We are also working with the Agency to increase the number of specialists who access the My Health Record system in private practice. In addition to allergy information, there are almost 85 million medicine documents (prescription and dispense records), 4.5 million diagnostic imaging reports and 25 million pathology reports, of relevance to many specialists.

Why view and upload patient information to My Health Record?

You will have better access to healthcare information to support you in caring for your patients. The idea is that a patient’s health information such as allergies, adverse reactions, pathology and medicines will be stored in one place – resulting in better-connected care.

See My Health Record: Specialists – What’s in it for me and my patients?

What allergy information is in My Health Record and how to find it?

The allergies and adverse reactions table contains a list of the patient’s known allergies and adverse reactions. This information may come from healthcare providers or from a patient’s personal health summary.

Example of ‘Allergies and Adverse Reactions’ view through Genie

How to access My Health Record

There are two ways that authorised healthcare providers can access an individual’s record in the My Health Record system:

  1. Via conformant software – you can upload, view and download information from an individual’s My Health Record.
  1. Via the National Provider Portal (if you don’t have access to conformant software) – you can view and download information from an individual’s My Health Record, but you will not be able to upload any clinical information.

If you need help registering for, or accessing, My Health Record, find out more here.

Good news about your clinical software 

Most of the common software products that you are using in private practice (e.g. Genie, Medical Director, Medical-Objects, ZedMed, Profile) are conformant clinical software products for My Health Record. This means you can view and upload clinical documents such as an event summary to your patient’s My Health Record.

The Agency has a range of ‘step by step’ summary sheets for conformant clinical software products.

You can also practice using My Health Record through the On-Demand Training portal. A range of clinical software demonstrations are available on the My Health Record website.

ASCIA members’ Digital Health Survey 

Thank you to the ASCIA members who participated in the Digital Health Survey during the ASCIA conference. The results from a total of 89 respondents told us that:

In public practice

In private practice

47% use electronic patient records

83% use electronic patient records

3% access My Health Record for patient health information

7% access My Health Record for patient health information

0% upload patient information into My Health Record

13% upload patient information into My Health Record

These results highlight the importance of this collaboration between ASCIA, the National Allergy Strategy and the Agency to ensure our members are well informed about the benefits of My Health Record and how to use it.

Developing a template for food and drug allergy information

92% of survey respondents indicated that an allergy template in My Health Record would be useful.

The National Allergy Strategy has formed a working group of clinical immunology/allergy specialists (public and private) and digital health experts to progress a template that captures standardised and reliable food and drug allergy information. The goal is to increase the amount of quality allergy information available without adding to specialists’ administrative burden.

The draft requirements for the template will be available for ASCIA full members to review in the near future.

Kind regards,

A/Prof Richard Loh and Ms Karen Wong
Project Co-leads, National Allergy Strategy MHR Project

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