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Communicating patient allergy information using My Health Record

– NEW resources available

Consumer guide to entering allergy information into My Health Record

Consumers can add information about their (or their child’s) allergies and adverse reactions into My Health Record through the personal health summary, and this information can be viewed by their healthcare providers.

The National Allergy Strategy My Health Record Project Working Group is encouraging consumers to add information about serious and life-threatening allergies, if this information is missing in their My Health Record. We have developed the following guides in consultation with ASCIA members on the Working Group and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia.

How to add allergy information into My Health Record: A guide for consumers provides step by step instructions for patients to correctly enter, view and update their allergy information (if they have been confirmed not allergic). There is a section for their doctor or specialist to write the substance and reaction type, so they know the correct wording to add. 

Getting set up with My Health Record: A guide for consumers is for patients who wish to register for a My Health Record. Consumers will need to complete this step before being able to add allergy information. 

MHR Consumer guides

If your practice or hospital clinical information system does not currently upload patient information into My Health Record, you can support your patients to add the information themselves by providing them with a copy of these guides. The guides can be accessed from the Australian Digital Health Agency Project (My Health Record) webpage.

WA ASCIA Immunology day presentation recording – My Health Record for allergy communication

Dr William Smith (clinical immunology/allergy specialist) and Dr Kathy Rainbird (Australian Digital Health Agency) gave a joint presentation about the benefits of My Health Record for allergy communication during the ASCIA Western Australian Immunology hybrid meeting in November 2020.

A recording of their presentation, titled ‘My Health Record for allergy communication’ is now available from the Australian Digital Health Agency Project (Health Professionals)  

My Health Record for allergy communication

The National Allergy Strategy website hosts a collection of resources including fact sheets, webinar recordings and presentation slides for clinical immunology/allergy specialists who are interested in learning more about My Health Record.

For more information about this project, contact nas@allergy.org.au 

Kind regards,

Dr William Smith and Ms Karen Wong
Project Co-leads, National Allergy Strategy MHR Project

The National Allergy Strategy is a partnership between the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) in collaboration with other stakeholders.

The National Allergy Strategy is working with the Australian Digital Health Agency to improve the quality of patient allergy information in My Health Record. More information is available at  nationalallergystrategy.org.au/projects/australian-digital-health-agency.


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