Monday, 30 September 2019 12:17

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More Australians can now access diagnostic test results online with the upgrading of My Health Record announced by the Australian Digital Health Agency.

More than 31 million clinical documents and more than 1.3 billion Medicare documents have already been uploaded to the My Health Record digital health program - and with the upgrade announced on Monday healthcare professionals will be able to see patient’s pathology and diagnostic imaging reports and test results grouped together to better support clinical decisions, and with patients benefiting from improved usability online.

The Digital Health Agency says there has been significant progress in connecting pathology and diagnostic imaging providers to the My Health Record, with nearly all public providers already uploading, and the number of private providers registering, and uploading is accelerating – with over 850,000 diagnostic reports a week being uploaded to My Health Record.

According to the agency, the upgrade to My Health Record is a step-change for both healthcare providers and their patients in the way they can conveniently and securely view medical reports.

“The upgrade’s enhanced clinical workflow capabilities will better enable healthcare providers to more easily identify and group together relevant tests and results and provide the best possible healthcare, including keeping track of tests, knowing when they were carried out and monitoring patients’ results over time.”

Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency, said the upgrade was a step forward in improving the usability of My Health Record.

“Many of us have diagnostic tests ordered by different healthcare providers and undertaken at different locations over time. As a GP, it can be challenging to keep track of these reports with our patients and determine whether, where and when a particular test has been done, particularly when a patient is seeing a range of healthcare professionals to manage multiple conditions.

“This upgrade to My Health Record enhances the way we can view diagnostic imaging and pathology reports to gain a quick snapshot of a patient’s test result history. The new overviews show you multiple reports within a specific date range on one page, and that improves the ability of healthcare providers to access important test result information that we need to inform clinical decisions.”

Brad Rossiter, a kidney and pancreas transplant patient and double amputee based in NSW, understands the important benefits of pathology reports being uploaded to My Health Record.

“My nephrologist in Canberra gets me to do blood tests every three months, but my GP doesn’t get those reports and they’re also not shared with Canberra Hospital, so if I visit my GP or the hospital there is no record of my testing.

“If those reports were uploaded to My Health Record, it would save me a lot of explanation but also help my healthcare providers to do their job, by ensuring they all see the same information regarding my blood tests and results.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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