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Digital Health Update - August 2

August 30, 2018

The opt-out period has been extended

Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the opt-out period has been extended until 15 November 2018. This will ensure all Australians have an opportunity to make an informed decision as the government strengthens the 2012 My Health Record legislation. For more information, click here.

Provider Champion - Pharmacist Nadia Golder

Goondiwindi based Pharmacist believes that the access to relevant health information My Health Record provides will streamline the care patients receive.

Nadia Golder is a pharmacist that manages the dispensary at the Lucy Walker TerryWhite Chemmart in Goondiwindi. She works within a dynamic team of three pharmacists, an intern pharmacist, two dispense technicians and multiple pharmacy assistants.

“We have had My Health Record installed and working since mid-April 2018. Since then we have slowly started incorporating it into our work flow processes by collecting and entering patient details,” she said.

“My Health Record allows us to review information more readily, especially if patients are unsure of any medications they have been prescribed.”

Nadia believes that a digital record will tie in very well with the Medscheck process, particularly for access to discharge summaries. Having access to a tool such as My Health Record will allow for more efficient process and therefore better results for patients.

Nadia is confident that by allowing records to be available electronically, health professionals can work better as a collective health care team to provide more streamlined care. 

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My Health Record FAQs

The Australian Digital Health Agency has comprised a list of frequently asked questions in order to address any questions you may have about My Health Record. Click here for more information.

Digital Health Cyber Security Centre

The Digital Health Cyber Security Centre has been established to strengthen the security of our national digital health systems and services; and to promote increased security awareness and maturity across the digital health sector.

About the Digital Health Cyber Security Centre

Useful Online Information Resources

The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided a number of useful resources regarding My Health Record. These resources can be accessed via the links below. Please feel free to promote awareness of these throughout your networks:

  • My Health Record news and media / content hub found here
  • Frequently Asked Questions found here
  • ‘Your Privacy is Protected’ myth-busting article found here
  • Additional translated content found here
  • Additional case study videos of Australian’s lived experiences with My Health Record found here
  • Video case studies on YouTube found here
  • User demonstration videos have been published on the My Health Record YouTube channel and uploaded to the Microsite. They can be downloaded here

All opt-out materials can be downloaded here.

Additional Support 

Our digital health team are available to health professionals seeking further information and training in regards to the My Health Record system. Please do not hesitate to contact them for any additional assistance at the details below. 

Joanne Kruger – Digital Health Coordinator (Darling Downs) 

Phone: 0484 844 660   

Email: joanne@ddwmphn.com.au   

Andrea Love – Digital Health Coordinator (West Moreton) 

Phone: 0438 268 682 

Email: andrea.love@ddwmphn.com.au 

Raising Community Awareness

The digital health team have been busy meeting and greeting with health professionals and the community at a number of engagements in the last few weeks to raise awareness of My Health Record:

Jumpers and Jazz Festival

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ME/CFS/FM Support Association - Toowoomba Support Group

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USQ Health and Benefits Fair

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Additional Information

Further useful resources for My Health Record can be found here.

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