Private radiology to be available in My Health Record for the first time

For the first time, private radiology reports will be available in My Health Record, the Australian Digital Health Agency has announced today. Clinicians and their patients have asked for shared access to x-ray results and other radiology reports because it will improve the safety and effectiveness of their care.

As part of a comprehensive programme to improve the clinical utility of My Health Record, it has been confirmed that Queensland X Ray (QXR) – a member of the Sonic Healthcare Group - will start to upload reports.

QXR will be the first private diagnostic imaging company to take advantage of a new offer to all providers to connect to My Health Record, which has been launched today. It was announced last week that another Sonic company – Sullivan & Nicolaides – would be the first private provider to upload pathology reports to My Health Record.

The Commonwealth government announced in its budget last month that by the end of 2018 all Australians will have a My Health Record – unless they choose not to do so – because of the evidence that shared health information reduces avoidable admission into hospital, medication errors, duplication of tests and improves the co-ordination of care.

Matthew Ames, consumer co-chair on the Agency’s Diagnostic Imaging Steering Group welcomed the announcement and encouraged all software companies to take advantage of the offer: “I’ve experienced firsthand the difficulty of accessing multiple diagnostic imaging between different specialists and states,” he said.

“The easy and timely access to these reports through My Health Record would have made my care a lot more effective and removed duplicate imaging. Let’s hope more people get involved,” Mr Ames added.

Specialist radiologist and Sonic Imaging’s CEO, Dr Philip Dubois, said: “Providing access to each patient’s radiology reports to multiple treating clinicians in both public and private hospitals, as well as in community practices, will eliminate unnecessary duplicate studies and give clinicians relevant diagnostic information in a timely and reliable manner.”

Sonic has been working with the Australian Digital Health Agency to connect its systems to the MyHR, with Queensland-headquartered QXR set to begin uploading reports from DI examinations carried out in north Queensland.

Dr David Mitchell, representing the Australian Orthopaedic Association, said: “Surgeons welcome this announcement. It will enable us to track down where imaging has recently been performed so that we can contact the diagnostic imaging provider and ask for the images to be sent to us. The next step will be to use this foundation for surgeons to be able to access recent imaging on-line and we look forward to working towards this goal.”

Diagnostic Imaging organisations – or their software providers - wanting to take advantage of the offer should contact DiagnosticIndustryOffer@digitalhealth.gov.au

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:

Background

The Australian Digital Health Agency has been working closely with health care providers, industry partners and the health sector to build the clinical value of the My Health Record System.

The My Health Record provides access to important health information such as allergies, immunisations and medicines information.

Over 4.8 million Australians currently have a My Health Record, which allows them to securely share their health information with their health care professionals to improve the quality and safety of their care, wherever they are.

The Australian Government announced in the 2017 budget an expansion of My Health Record for all Australians by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one.

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Media contact: Mark Kinsela, Communications and Media
Mob: 0407 796 990, media@digitalhealth.gov.au

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