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NSW Health enhances its HealtheNet Clinical Portal by adding discharge medication information via My Health Record

NSW Health announced recently that it has enhanced the functionality of its HealtheNet Clinical Portal, enabling patients’ discharge medication information to be viewed by other healthcare providers via the national My Health Record.

Live at all local health districts, the HealtheNet Clinical Portal is a secure database that provides NSW Health clinicians with immediate access to patient information which resides outside of the hospital's electronic medical records (eMR). This includes hospital medical imaging results, pathology results, medication information, discharge summaries, community health summaries and alerts and allergies.

And, as of 25 November, HealtheNet is now integrated with iPharmacy and is feeding data showing medication dispensed on discharge from selected NSW Health facilities into My Health Record.

In addition, HealtheNet now provides all NSW Health clinicians with access to the National Prescription and Dispense View in My Health Record, which includes prescription records from GPs and dispense records from community/retail pharmacy nationwide.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are the first sites to begin sharing dispensed medication records from iPharmacy with HealtheNet and My Health Record.

Other local health districts will follow suit in the wake of the successful integrations at these sites.

“This is a significant achievement – by sharing this additional medication information, NSW Health is helping to support all healthcare providers involved in a patient’s care,” said Julie Cashin, Program Director, HealtheNet and Integrated Care, eHealth NSW.

“HealtheNet saves time for clinicians as they don’t need to chase up important information and in an emergency it can make all the difference.”

The Australian government allocated AU$374.2 million in its 2017-18 Budget to be invested over two years, for the nationwide rollout of an opt-out model of My Health Record and to ensure every Australian is a part of it, unless they choose not to be. Currently, over 5 million Australians have a My Health Record. 

During the past few months, significant progress has been made in getting different stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem, such as pharmacies, pathology labs and software vendors to join My Health Record. In June, the Australian Digital Health Agency (The Agency) released a Request for Tender (RFT) to develop a Strategic Interoperability Framework for Australia, with the objective of contributing to the deployment of a seamless digital health eco-system. The Agency is working with clinical information systems (CIS) vendors to develop nationally-scalable, secure electronic messaging between healthcare providers.  

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