Media Release: RACGP to provide My Health Record GP education

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Digital Health Agency will work together to help raise awareness and support for GPs and their patients to effectively use My Health Record.

My Health Record is Australia’s national digital health record system and records will be created for all Australians by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one. Currently, 5.7 million Australians have a My Health Record and 6,346 general practices, 1,615 retail pharmacists, and 985 hospitals are connected to the system.

RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said he was pleased the RACGP would be actively involved in the delivery of the My Health Record education to GPs.

“Most Australians are digitally connected and make everyday use of digital services across a range of industries, so it makes sense that both healthcare providers and their patients have access to digital health services.

“A My Health Record can play an important role in optimising access to the information required to facilitate patient care.

“As such, the RACGP aims to support GPs to prepare for the My Health Record opt-out process and make informed decisions about the use of My Health Record in their practice,” Dr Seidel said.

Deputy Chair of the Agency’s My Health Record Expansion Programme, Dr Steve Hambleton said the RACGP’s support will help to get information quickly to its 38,000 members.

“We are one step closer to providing GPs access to information through My Health Record that they might otherwise not have seen,” Dr Hambleton said.

Agency Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr Monica Trujillo said the Agency's approach is to listen to our clinical community and to forge partnerships to achieve better health outcomes for all Australians.

“The RACGP is an important partner and is increasing GP confidence in the use of the My Health Record system by communicating implementation changes to its large member base,” Dr Trujillo said.

Dr Seidel said the RACGP would offer a professional development program to help GPs understand the key principles that underpin the use of My Health Record by healthcare providers.

“It is vital Australian GPs are informed as to how the My Health Record can help improve patient care and the crucial role they can play,” Dr Seidel said.

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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 implementing Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure in collaboration with partners across the community. The Agency is the System Operator of the My Health Record, and provides leadership, coordination, and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system. These improvements will give individuals more control of their health and their health information, and support healthcare professionals to provide informed healthcare through access to current clinical and treatment information. Further information: www.digitalhealth.gov.au

About the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
The RACGP was established in 1958 and is Australia’s peak general practice representative organisation. The RACGP has more than 38,000 members working in or towards a career in general practice across metropolitan, regional and rural areas of the country. Nine in every 10 GPs are with the RACGP. Further information: www.racgp.org.au

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