Home' Australian Pharmacist : Australian Pharmacist May 2016 Contents Pharmacies with software able to
connect to the MyHR can register
to connect to the system. Online
registration forms are available on
the NEHTA website (nehta.gov.au).
Once registered, the pharmacies need
to contact their software vendor to
complete the connection process.
There is some action on the
Pharmacy software specialist Fred
IT plans to trial the first phase of
its MedView Medicines Workspace
during the later stages of the Northern
Queensland My Health Record trial.
The MedView Medicines Workspace will
eventually allow doctors, pharmacists,
hospitals and patients to have shared
access to critical medicines information
and services, according to Fred IT.
CEO Paul Naismith said the early
stages would allow pharmacists to do
medicines reconciliation by giving them
access to medicines information from
a range of sources, but would also be
made available to hospital clinicians and
GPs, and eventually would be able to
inform the MyHR itself (see page 32).
The trial announcement was welcomed
by the Consumers Health Forum (CHF).
CHF Chief Executive Officer Leanne Wells
said that consumers had been waiting
a long time for the advantages of easily
accessible electronic information about
'My Health Record -- once it is operating
well and all health professionals and
providers are using it to routinely
log patient information and refer to
that record -- should lead to better
coordination, a decrease in duplication
of tests and fewer adverse medical
events,' she said.
'These are all the things consumers
find frustrating, quite apart from and
negative impacts on care. So they need
to seize the opportunity that My Health
'Patients and clinicians alike often
complain about the breakdown in
communication across healthcare
teams and about the frustrations and
time wasted in gathering the same
information on repeat occasions.
My Health Record is a key building
block for a more effective, connected
health system and a powerful
vehicle for ensuring better linkage
and coordination of care in the
Health Minister Ley has claimed
that if all Australians signed up to
a functioning My Health Record,
an estimated 5,000 lives a year could be
saved. It could help avoid two million
primary care and outpatient visits,
500,000 emergency department visits
and 310,000 hospital admissions.
Over the years privacy and
confidentiality has been a sticking point.
Thirty years ago the Hawke
Government's attempts to bring
in a national identification card --
the Australia Card -- led to a sustained
campaign based on potential privacy
issues. Eventually the Australia Card
The Australia Card experience has made
politicians of all persuasions wary about
anything involving online data records.
When announcing the My Health Record
trial, the Health Minister was at pains to
point out that patient privacy would be
well protected and patients would be
able to access to their medical records.
Ms Ley said the Government had
particularly focussed on protecting
patient privacy by passing supporting
legislation mandating fines of up
to $500,000 and even jail sentences
for anyone who tried to deliberately
misuse or access information in the
'It's important Australians are able to
have access to their medical records
and safely and securely share them
with health professionals no matter
where they are in the country if we are
» $485 million funding over three years.
» 2.6 million Australians already have a
record. This will increase to 3.6 million,
as a result of the trials -- a 40% increase.
» The additional one million users
co-opted into the system include:
- 360,000 residents in the Nepean
region of Western Sydney (Nepean
Blue Mountains PHN)
- 700,000 residents in North
Queensland (North Queensland PHN
-- covering Mackay up to Cape York/
» Almost 8,000 healthcare providers are
registered to use it.
» My Health Record seamlessly connects
with GP and hospital systems.
» A redesigned user interface -- an easier
to navigate online platform.
» New GP training and incentives.
» Stronger privacy controls:
- Password protection, Lock down
access to specific GPs or hospitals
- View every person who has opened
- Delete files that are unwanted
- New criminal penalties for deliberate
» If all Australians signed up to a
functioning My Health Record, it is
estimated that it could save 5,000 lives
per year and could help avoid:
- Two million primary care and
- 500,000 emergency department visits
- 310,000 hospital admissions.
*Figures released by Ms Ley.
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