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Announcing the Health Care Homes
program at the end of March, Ms Ley
said the MyHR system would be an
essential element of the Government's
Healthier Medicare reform package that
would support consultation between
all members of a patient's healthcare
team through the seamless sharing
of information such as medications,
treatments, allergies and care plans.
'Digital health measures including
My Health Record, telehealth services,
remote health monitoring and
medication management technologies
can improve patient access to services
and increase the efficiency of the health
system,' she said.
Earlier in March she announced the
start of two trials of MyHR -- in the
Northern Queensland Primary Health
Network (NQPHN) and the Nepean Blue
Mountains Primary Health Network
At that time, Ms Ley said a functioning
national electronic medical records
system was essential to ensure
doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other
healthcare providers across the country
had instant access to the information
needed to treat patients 'safely and
efficiently without having to gamble on
unknowns in their medical history.'
She said MyHR would give patients
and health professionals immediate
access to all of their necessary health
information online to improve
co-ordinated care outcomes, reduce
duplication and provide vital
information in emergency situations.
The trial will include the automatic
creation of electronic health records
for more than a million residents in
Western Sydney and North Queensland,
to improve coverage rates using an
opt-out system, reversing the previous
government's opt-in system.
People living in the two trial areas have
received a letter about the trial with
information on how to opt out if they
wish. By mid-June those people who
are participating in MyHR will be able
to change their access controls to the
record, ahead of their doctor accessing
it in mid-July. The trial will run until the
end of the year.
'I consider this a landmark turning point
in improving our health system and
bringing it into the 21st Century,' Ms
The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia
welcomed the announcement.
PSA National President Joe Demarte
said the Society encouraged people to
access e-Health to ensure consistency of
treatment and better health outcomes
for consumers regardless of where they
seek treatment in Australia.
He said more patients needed to
embrace e-Health and innovation
to ensure health professionals could
deliver better integrated care.
Guild National President George
Tambassis said trialling the opt-out
approach of the My Health Record
system would be a significant step
towards reaping the enormous patient
benefits that could be delivered
by a workable national e-Health
'The 'opt-out' provision is a
commonsense approach to maximise
consumer uptake and deliver a more
collaborative and integrated health
system. I know pharmacy will get behind
the My Health Record and contribute
to its success in the interests of better
patient outcomes,' Mr Tambassis said.
Is pharmacy ready for MyHR?
A spokeswoman for the Federal
Department of Health told Australian
Pharmacist that approximately 65% of
the Australian community pharmacy
market had dispensing software able
to be connected to My Health Record
(either Fred IT or Simple Aquarius).
However, she said that at 24 March 2016,
only 1,169 of the 5,500 retail pharmacies
across Australia were registered with the
Getting connected is a more immediate
concern for pharmacies in the two trial
areas in North Queensland and Western
Sydney. Presently, few pharmacies in the
two areas are registered.
The Health Department spokeswoman
said that at 24 March, 19 pharmacies in
the North Queensland trial area were
registered with the MyHR system. In the
Nepean Blue Mountains trial area, six
pharmacies were registered.
The NQPHN has approximately 170
pharmacies and the NBMPHN about 150.
PSA President Joe Demarte said that
while progress with e-Health had been
slow, pharmacies needed to register with
the MyHR system.
'Pharmacies need to be connected to My
Health Record to be part of the broader
healthcare community,' Mr Demarte said.
'Eventually the Government will get an
effective e-Health system -- hopefully
sooner rather than later -- and pharmacies
need to be connected to it.
"At 24 March, 19 pharmacies
in the North Queensland trial
area were registered with the
MyHR system. In the Nepean
Blue Mountains trial area, six
pharmacies were registered."
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