Set up the My Health Record system
This step is required for:
- Organisations who want to access the My Health Record system.
Prerequisites for setting up the My Health Record system.
Before completing this step, your organisation should already have:
- Ensure you are using an up to date version of conformant software to access the My Health Record system (if not done so already).
- Applied for HPI-O and if necessary, apply PKI Certificates for the site, RO and OMO and received HPI-O and if applied for, PKI Certificates in the post from Department of Human Services.
- Registered for and received a confirmation letter that you successfully registered for the My Health Record system.
- Set-up Healthcare Identifiers in your clinical software.
- Applied for and installed your NASH Organisation PKI Certificate(s) for Healthcare Provider Organisations.
- Created My Health Record system policies and procedures.
You now need to:
- Train your staff in the practicalities of using the My Health Record system and in the applicable policies and procedures.
- Visit the Using the My Health Record system section for information on how to use the My Health Record system and digital health training resources
- Call the Help Centre on 1300 901 001 for digital health support
Once you have completed all the set-up steps, you can start using the My Health Record system in your clinical software. To verify your software is working correctly in the My Health Record system, it is not currently possible to connect your software to a test environment - your clinical software is connected to the live environment i.e. for real data and for live patients.
There are however a number of resources to support you:
Step 1Software Demonstrations - these teach you how the digital health features in your clinical software work
Step 2Training Environment - in which you can use a simulated version of the My Health Record system using your clinical software and test patient data, to teach your clinicians how to use it.
Step 3 Your Primary Health Network (PHN) can also offer your organisation support and training in how to use the My Health Record system in your software.
Step 4 Your software vendor will have a number of training guides and resources available to support use.
Step 5 An approach used by some practices to verify that the My Health Record system is working, is to access the My Health Record of a clinician or staff member in your organisation, who is also a patient, and for a GP to create and upload a Shared Health Summary (or an Event Summary) to that patient's My Health Record (please note you will need to obtain the patient's agreement to upload a Shared Health Summary and any access to a patient's My Health Record should be done in a proper consultation).
Updates to the My Health Record system
New features will be added to the My Health Record system over time. This means that future upgrades of your clinical software may include additional My Health Record system functionality. Not all clinical software vendors may choose to include all functionality. The Agency keeps a record of the software products on the market which have particular digital health functionality – Software Products Using Digital Health. For more information contact your software vendor.
Before healthcare providers can access the National Provider Portal (NPP) on behalf of your organisation, your Organisation Maintenance Officer (OMO) needs to establish authorisation links between the healthcare providers' HPI-Is and your organisation's HPI-O(s).
This authorises the healthcare providers to access the NPP on behalf of your organisation(s) and can be done by:
- Linking via HPOS - see steps to Manage My Health Record authorisation links, or
- Contacting the My Health Record Help line on 1800 723 471 and selecting option 2
Further information on using the National Provider Portal is available on the My Health Record website.
A contracted service provider (CSP) is an organisation that can act on behalf of a healthcare provider organisation e.g. an organisation offering cloud (web) based services. A CSP can access the HI Service and the My Health Record system on behalf of a healthcare provider organisation when providing IT services to communicate or manage health information. For more information about CSPs and setting them up for the My Health Record system, refer to the Department of Human Services Healthcare Identifiers Service webpage.