The expansion of My Health Record is progressing rapidly with health professionals across disciplines registering their practices. Clinicians are being educated on how to upload to the My Health Record system and how to find relevant patient data.

During March and April 2018, the team at WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) delivered training to hundreds of GPs, practice managers, practice nurses, community pharmacists, medical specialists and allied health professionals including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, psychologists, dietitians, speech pathologists and social workers across Perth Metropolitan and the Midwest. During May and June 2018, providers in Country WA will be visited by our team of My Health Record trainers to provide face-to-face education.

WAPHA is working closely with the Pharmaceutical Society and Pharmacy Guild to ensure all community pharmacies in WA are aware of the benefits of My Health Record and the importance of uploading medicine dispense summaries to increase information exchange between pharmacists and other healthcare providers. In April, the new My Health Record guidelines for Pharmacy were launched in Canberra and the Pharmaceutical profession is embracing the new system.

Simultaneously the Australian Digital Health Agency is working with private pathology and diagnosing imaging providers to increase the availability of pathology and radiology reports within My Health Record. The WA Department of Health has ensured all public hospitals are automatically uploading discharge summaries and are working to make PathWest and diagnostic imaging reports available by the end of this year. They will also ensure hospital staff are aware and ready for the public expansion of My Health Record in the second half of 2018.

Uploading pharmacy, diagnostic imaging and pathology data will rapidly build clinical content in My Health Record which is key in building a technical infrastructure that allows for information sharing between health professions to avoid medication misadventure and medical errors. Ultimately, the expansion of My Health Record will provide all Australians on an equal basis with a modern safe healthcare system.

The activities in WA undertaken by the WAPHA team are aligned with the My Health Record activity performed by PHNs in other states to ensure providers and community across the country are receiving the same information and support.

Staying in the loop

Follow the latest news via www.linkedin.com/company/wapha or Twitter by following WAPHA_PHNs. My Health Record events and webinars can be find via www.wapha.org.au/events or via www.myhealthrecord.gov.au. Contact the My Health Record team in WA via myhealthrecord@wapha.org.au.