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29 Nov 2019

With more than 22 million Australians now having a My Health Record, a suite of clinical tools and resources has been developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in partnership with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).

Recently released, the resources include a guide for emergency department clinicians, with practical information on accessing up-to-date My Health Record data for people requiring emergency care.

More than 40 per cent of ED presentations occur out of normal business hours. The My Health Record system can support hospital clinicians to access patient information out-of-hours and from outside their local hospital network.

The Emergency Department Clinicians’ Guide to My Health Record is now available.

The guide describes the types of clinical documents that may be included in a patient’s My Health Record and the origin of that information. There is also a focus on protecting vulnerable patient groups and legislative requirements that ED clinicians need to be aware of.

Emergency physician Dr Andrew Hugman is the Commission’s Clinical Lead on the project.

“Immediate access to additional information about a patient’s medical history can be crucial in time-critical settings such as EDs,” he said.

“My Health Record facilitates clinicians’ viewing of material that is otherwise hard to see outside of their regular hospital network. It’s not surprising that there is increasing interest among ED clinicians to better understand the system.

“Ultimately, the better informed the clinician, the better the decision making about their patients’ care. Australian health care is in the midst of a digital transformation, so it is essential all clinicians are made aware of how we can use digital innovation to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.

“This new guide explains the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of My Health Record to ED clinicians and where it can fit into their current practice. It has been written for clinicians by clinicians.”

There has been a significant increase in the amount of clinical information flowing into the My Health Record system since February 2019. The rapidly expanding system already contains more than 3.4 million shared health summaries, 37 million prescriptions and 22 million pathology reports.

The guide and other new resources and information can be found at:

Published: 29 Nov 2019