Private Pathology Reports To Go Live in My Health Record

Sonic Healthcare will become the first private sector provider to upload pathology reports direct to the My Health Record as part of a key initiative to ensure clinicians and patients have better access to medical information.

The Australian Digital Health Agency announced today that it will be releasing an industry offer in early June 2017 for all private pathology companies and in Australia to connect to the My Health Record.

This will allow all Australians with a My Health Record and their health care professionals to view test results through the My Health Record.

Dr Michael Harrison, chief executive of Sullivan and Nicolaides Pathology in Queensland - a member of the Sonic Healthcare Group - said: "As a company we see value in ensuring every Australian with a My Health Record and their doctors can view their pathology in their record."

Over 4.8 million Australians have a My Health Record, which provides access to important health information such as allergies, immunisations, medicines information, and now pathology results from the private sector. The Commonwealth Government recently announced that by the end of 2018 all citizens would have a My Health Record – unless they choose not to do so.

Dr Monica Trujillo, the Agency's Chief Clinical Information Officer announced today that all pathology providers would be invited to upload reports into My Health Record through an industry offer that will be launched in June: "We want every pathology company in Australia to connect to My Health Record. We have been working closely with industry and there has been strong interest from providers."

"The My Health Record can deliver real health benefits for Australians, the Agency has been focused on connecting the system to care professionals, providers and clinical information systems," said Dr Trujillo.

Dr Nathan Pinskier, chair of the eHealth and Practice Systems Committee, in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has welcomed the announcement, saying: "This is an important development which is most valuable for patients managed across a team of clinicians especially where a clinical referral may either not have been provided or is inaccessible."

"As a GP, I can spend significant time contacting diagnostic providers to chase up relevant pathology reports for my patients ordered by providers who may not be existing members of the patient’s healthcare team. Having this information in an accessible and useable form in a patient's My Health Record should save time and help provide better care," said Dr Pinskier.

Sonic will initially upload private pathology tests carried out in North Queensland, followed by the Nepean area in western Sydney and northern Tasmania.

This announcement builds on the recent success with NSW Health uploading public pathology reports to the My Health Record for the first time.

Pathology organisations – or their software providers - wanting to take advantage of the offer should contact [email protected]

The Agency will be making a similar offer to diagnostic imaging providers in early June 2017.

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Media contact: Mark Kinsela, Communications and Media

Mob: 0407 796 990, [email protected]

More information

This is one of two concurrent offers. More information on both the Diagnostic Imaging offer and the Pathology offer can be found below:

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 for Australia. 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