Australia's largest pathology labs sign up to My Health Record

Pathology labs across the country will be sharing reports with their patients via My Health Record following Primary Health Care, Australian Clinical Labs, and seven other software vendors and labs signing agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Today’s announcement follows Sonic Healthcare’s agreement to connect with My Health Record. The Agency made a private sector market offer to support other pathology software vendors. This offer included labs managing their own software to update and connect with My Health Record.

Primary Health Care CEO Dr Malcolm Parmenter said that today’s announcement is significant because the company’s laboratories provide pathology testing in every state and territory of Australia.

“Primary Health Care sees significant potential for My Health Record to assist us in the provision of affordable, accessible healthcare to all Australians.

“We look forward to beginning the process of sharing pathology reports with patients from early next year and expect the number of our laboratories who are participating in this initiative to steadily increase over the course of 2018,” Dr Parmenter said.

Australian Clinical Labs Medical Director Dr Tony Landgren said the company is proud to be involved with My Health Record.

“We believe that both patients and doctors can benefit from market leading technology.

“As the largest provider of pathology services to public and private hospitals in Australia, being able to provide reports into My Health Record will greatly enhance the continuity of care, and allow doctors to make decisions that save and improve patient’s lives,” Dr Landgren said.

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) President Dr Bruce Latham welcomed the announcement.

“The Australian pathology sector has been working in support of the national eHealth agenda for a number of years.

“Work is now progressing to connect both public and private labs to the My Health Record and patients nationally will start to see their pathology reports in their My Health Record,” Dr Latham said.

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said that the response from the pathology sector has been substantial.

“The largest diagnostic organisations in Australia have now agreed to share their test reports with Australian consumers.

“We are working to deliver a My Health Record for all Australians next year, unless they choose not to have one. Health consumers will benefit from this significant commitment by the pathology industry and their software partners,” Mr Kelsey said.

In addition to Primary Health Care and Australian Clinical Labs, the following pathology software vendors and labs have also signed agreements with the Agency:

  • Cirdan
  • Genome.One
  • Infinity Path
  • McCauley Software
  • Medical-Objects
  • MyHealthTest
  • Victorian Cytology Service.

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About the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Agency is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the National Digital Health Strategy. The Agency was established on 1 July 2016 by the Australian Government as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, and reports to all Australian governments through the COAG Health Council.
www.digitalhealth.gov.au