Guild, Digital Health Agency team up

David Quilty, Brad Butt, Thanh Le, and Tim Kelsey
David Quilty, Brad Butt, Thanh Le, and Tim Kelsey

The Pharmacy Guild has joined forces with the Australian Digital Health Agency to help build pharmacies’ digital health capabilities

Both the Agency and the Guild are strong advocates for the widespread adoption and use of the My Health Record system by community pharmacists to better the health of the public.

The Agency and the Guild have now entered into a collaborative partnership aimed at driving adoption and use of the My Health Record system by community pharmacies (supported by education and training) and maximising the medicines safety benefits.

“The Agency and the Guild have a mutual interest in continuing to develop and deliver community pharmacy digital health capability that will lead to significant improvements in the quality and delivery of care provided to consumers,” says Agency Chief Executive Tim Kelsey.

“Specifically, the Agency and Guild will be working on optimising connectivity to the My Health Record system through dedicated community pharmacy support including continuing professional development and pursuing meaningful use facilitators in areas such as shared care planning, transitional care, telehealth and interoperability with pharmacy clinical service IT platforms.”

The Guild’s executive director, David Quilty, says that the Guild welcomes this collaboration with the Agency as a step towards optimised integration of community pharmacies in the My Health Record system.

“Community pharmacists have long been early adopters and innovators in digital health, and this will spur the sector on to make an even bigger contribution,” Mr Quilty says.

The two groups say the My Health Record system has the potential to empower community pharmacies in delivering safer and more efficient care by providing real-time access to usable, useful, reliable, and up-to-date medicines information and broader health information.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia President, practising pharmacist, and specialist adviser to the Agency Dr Shane Jackson said community pharmacies plays a key role in the provision of medicines in our community and uptake of the My Health Record in community pharmacies will allow that dispensing information to be shared and used by other health professionals.

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