Pharmacies have been the biggest contributor to the success of My Health Record to date, according to new statistics published by the Australian digital Health Agency
The Australian Digital Health Agency has published updated statistics showing more detailed activity on My Health Record, with Agency Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Meredith Makeham, saying that the new insights have been required.
“While we have published general participation statistics in the past, this update has been tailored for consumers following research which showed that more insight and relevance was needed about the statistics,” said Prof Makeham.
“The update provides a more granular view of how My Health Record is being used and how this is changing over time.”
The Agency says that its My Health Record statistics will be published on the My Health Record website regularly to provide more transparency around how the system is being used by consumers and healthcare providers.
According to the update, pharmacies are currently the biggest contributors to the system, uploading over four million documents every month with GPs also adding between two and three million documents every month.
The Agency says that there has been a 140% growth of healthcare providers sharing and collaborating on patient information, with both viewing and uploading information close to equal.
GPs are the highest users of the system, accessing documents uploaded by other GPs and healthcare providers to inform their clinical decision-making.
The number of My Health Records containing Medicare, clinical or medicine documents has more than doubled since January (5.39 million), now more than 12.5 million have documents in them – typically following an interaction with a healthcare provider.
More than 1.6 billion documents have been uploaded to My Health Records, including over 40 million clinical documents and 90 million medicine documents. More than 679 million of these have been uploaded in the last nine months alone.
Around 90% of public hospital beds, general practices and pharmacies are now registered to use My Health Record, with around 70% uploading or viewing documents.
There are also over six million records with immunisation information and more than 1.2 million records with organ donor register information.
Pharmacists have in the past been lauded as champions of My Health Record, with outgoing CEO of the Agency Tim Kelsey telling a PSA gathering in September that there had been an “unbelievable energy” in the way the profession embraced the system.