My Health Record can provide clinical immunology/allergy specialists and other members of a patient’s healthcare team with better access to health information to support them in caring for their patients. The accessibility of information about a patient’s serious allergies (including drug and food allergy) is an important step to improve patient safety in this area.
Health professionals can use a conformant clinical information system to upload an event summary or specialist letter to their patient’s My Health Record that might include information about their test results, allergic status, management plan, commencement of allergen immunotherapy or other treatments.
The following resources have been developed for clinical immunology/allergy specialists and other health professionals, to support their use of My Health Record for patients with allergy.
These allergy scenarios have been put together to show how My Health Record could be used for patients with allergic conditions.
On 16 June 2020 Dr Kathy Rainbird (Australian Digital Health Agency) and Dr William Smith (Clinical immunology/allergy specialist) hosted a Webinar to provide practical advice on how to register and upload to My Health Record.
You can also view the Webinar slides Webinar – An overview of My Health Record for Clinical immunology/allergy specialists4.20 MB
On 14 November 2020 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 at the ASCIA Western Australian Immunology hybrid meeting.
Digital Health Specialist Toolkit
The Digital Health Specialist Toolkit is designed to assist private specialist practices to better understand and adopt digital health technologies which may support improved decision making and continuity of care. The Digital Health Specialist Toolkit contains interviews, guides, CPD-accredited learning modules and demonstration videos.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) resources
On 4 March 2020 Professor Steven Boyages (RACP) and Carey Doolan (Australian Digital Health Agency) hosted a Webinar to provide practical advice to physicians on how to register and upload to My Health Record.
The RACP has developed a My Health Record – Physician Toolkit with CPD credits available for accessing their Online Learning Resources.
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. 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.
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.