My Health Record: the guidelines

The PSA has released guidelines for pharmacists concerning the My Health Record program

PSA, in partnership with the Australian Digital Health Agency, met with pharmacy and consumer groups and subject matter experts to finalise the PSA My Health Record Guidelines for Pharmacists following a public consultation.

Under the My Health Record expansion program, all Australians will have a record by the end of 2018 unless they choose to opt out. 

PSA says this will support timely access to important health information by both patients and their treating healthcare providers, and improve patient health outcomes.

Pharmacists have a professional responsibility to review their practice and where necessary, build on their digital health competency, to ensure they are ready to integrate use of the My Health Record system into patient care, it says.

PSA National President and Project Advisory Group Chair Dr Shane Jackson thanked the organisations and individuals who contributed during the consultation and highlighted the important role My Health Record will play in future patient care.

“Access to information available in a My Health Record will allow pharmacists to improve medication management, reduce the burden associated with medication misadventure and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare delivery,” Dr Jackson said.

The Guidelines will be launched on April 11, 2018 in Canberra and will be supported by education and practice support materials to inform their implementation in practice.

Funding for this work was provided by the Australian Digital Health Agency.

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