Hawkesbury embraces My Health Record

St John of God Healthcare at North Richmond employees Yvonne Starkey, Ryan D’Lima & Tania Hoinville at the celebration evening.Several Hawkesbury healthcare organisations were praised for embracing the trial of a new centralised medical record system.

Local GPs, pharmacists and residentshailed the My Health Record trial in theHawkesbury a success at an evening held to celebrate the trial’sconclusion.

My Health Recordis a secure online summary of yourhealthinformation. You can control what goes into it, and who can access it.

Hawkesbury Family Practice was praised for uploading the mostShared Health Summaries during the trial. GPs prepare shared health summaries toprovide a snapshot of a patient’s health information about medical conditions, medicineallergies or immunisations.

Blooms the Chemist, Richmond, was also recognised for uploading more than 3000dispensaryrecords -a summary of the prescription medications provided by the pharmacist.

Hawkesbury Living in Richmond was also named the first residential aged care facility toregister for My Health Record.

Federal Health Minister, Sussan Ley, announced in March that the Nepean Blue MountainsPHN (NBMPHN) region covering the Blue Mountains, Lithgow, Hawkesbury and Penrith wasone of two areas in Australia to chosen to trial the automatic creation of My Health Recordsfor all residents unless they chose not to have one. As part of the trial, 98 per centof people in theregion had a My Health Record created for them.

NBMPHN CEO, Lizz Reay, said, “NBMPHN knows the My Health Record has enormousbenefits for both consumers and healthcare professionals and we were honoured to pavethe way for the future roll out of this initiative to other parts of Australia.

As a result of the trial, 126 healthcare organisations can now use the system. Almost all accredited General Practices, all public hospitals and a third of pharmacies in theregion are uploading information to My Health Record.

Since July, when healthcare providers were able to access My Health Record, more than100,000 documents have been uploaded. Each month, an average of 13,000 dispenserecords as well as 570 discharge summaries are being added.

“In a region like ours where there are high rates of chronic disease,My Health Record is an important tool to ensure important information is available to all theteam involved in a patient’s care,” Ms Reay said.

“Because of My Health Record, a Penrith resident was able to access his medication from country NSW and a pharmacist discovered a customer with a penicillin allergy had a scriptfor medication that would have triggered an allergic reaction.”

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