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Pharmacy software company Fred IT will trial the first phase of its MedView Medicines Workspace during the
Northern Queensland trial of the My Health Record (MyHR).
The trial phase was announced at the
Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP)
conference in March.
Fred IT CEO Paul Naismith said the web
application would initially provide a
medicine reconciliation function aimed
at pharmacists but would grow to allow
all authorised health professionals
to have a single patient view of the
different sources of medication
knowledge, and then provide a
medication services on top of that.
MedView Medicines Workspace builds
on the original MedView project
piloted as part of the PCEHR Wave
2 projects in association with Barwon
Health's Geelong Hospital and a range
of pharmacies and GPs which was
adopted as the prescribing and dispense
repository part of MyHR.
Mr Naismith said: 'There is some
great new tech underneath this new
version. It is over four years since the
original MedView trial and the cloud
technologies have rapidly improved
in areas such as scalability and
high-performance databases since then.
Our new tech stack will give us a lot
more agility, speed and usability and we
are really excited at the opportunities it
He said the early stages would be aimed
at allowing 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.
'The MedView platform allows you to
look at various sources of information in
a single view. For example pharmacists
can view medication data in the
My Health Record and medication data
in MedView, as well as medication data
that may still reside in a local repository
if there is one attached to a hospital.
'While the aim in the long term is to
have a single source of truth in the
MyHR, at the moment we are not quite
there, so it allows, from one spot, for the
health professional to have a look at a
single patient view of all of the different
sources of medication knowledge, and
then provide a service on top of that.'
Mr Naismith said, from his experience
as a pharmacist, it was common for
people to present at the local pharmacy
on a Saturday morning, having been
discharged from hospital the day
before, and be confused about what
medications they should and should not
'The MedView Medicines Workspace will
allow you to go in and have a look at the
hospital data that is in the MyHR, have
a look at what they can see from other
pharmacies they may have been to, and
then sit with the patient and work out
this is what you are on, this is what you
are not on, and create at that point in
time a consolidated list.
'Then we'll look to push that knowledge
back to the My Health Record as a
summary and send it to the GP or any
other health professional essentially by
In future, the platform will be
extended to handle services such as
medications monitoring and compliance
monitoring. It is being designed to
act as both a standalone web app
but also to be integrated into third-
party vendor software such as GP and
to truly improve clinical outcomes and
efficiency,' Ms Ley said.
'Our new My Health Record means
people will not have to remember the
names of the medications prescribed,
details of diagnosis and treatments,
allergies, medical procedures and there
will be no need to repeat the same
information when they see another
doctor or go to hospital.'
However, attitudes may be changing.
The 2016 Healthy Futures Report, Part
1, released at the APP conference in
March found that only 18% of those
surveyed opposed the establishment of
a national e-Health scheme while 55%
expect the federal Government to keep
full health records to establish a national
Ms Wells noted that the MyHR
safeguards were designed to ensure
patient records were secure and
'Importantly consumers will be able to
control who among designated health
professionals are able to view their
record,' she said.
'We are well into the digital age
in the way we go about other
every day activities such as
banking, telecommunications and
'It is timely that we reap the benefits
of the role that digital innovation can
add to our health and care. People
want all their records about their health
conditions, treatment, scans and tests
in one place because they know it will
improve health outcomes.'
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Nov 2011. At: www.aph.gov.au/about_parliament/
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