More Australians can access diagnostic test results online

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Health care providers can now see patients’ pathology and diagnostic imaging reports and test results grouped together on My Health Record

This means better support for clinical decisions and patient benefit from improved usability online, says the Australian Digital Health Agency.

The Agency reports that there has been “significant” progress in connecting pathology and diagnostic imaging providers to the system.

Nearly all public providers are already uploading, and the number of private providers registering and uploading is accelerating, it says.

More than 850,000 diagnostic reports a week are now being uploaded to My Health Record.

The upgrade to My Health Record, released this week by the Australian Digital Health Agency, is a step change for both healthcare providers and their patients in the way they can conveniently and securely view medical reports, the Agency says.

The upgrade’s enhanced clinical workflow capabilities will better enable healthcare providers to more easily identify and group together relevant tests and results and provide the best possible healthcare, including keeping track of tests, knowing when they were carried out and monitoring patients’ results over time, it says.

Professor Meredith Makeham, Chief Medical Adviser for the Australian Digital Health Agency, said the upgrade was a step forward in improving the usability of My Health Record.

“Many of us have diagnostic tests ordered by different healthcare providers and undertaken at different locations over time.

“As a GP, it can be challenging to keep track of these reports with our patients and determine whether, where and when a particular test has been done, particularly when a patient is seeing a range of healthcare professionals to manage multiple conditions,” said Professor Makeham.

“This upgrade to My Health Record enhances the way we can view diagnostic imaging and pathology reports to gain a quick snapshot of a patient’s test result history.

“The new overviews show you multiple reports within a specific date range on one page, and that improves the ability of healthcare providers to access important test result information that we need to inform clinical decisions,” Professor Makeham said.

Last week at a PSA event in Canberra to launch its new My Health Record Guidelines for Pharmacists on World Pharmacists Day, Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey said that to date more than 11.5 My Health Records have been activated – in no small part due to the efforts of pharmacists.

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