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Embracing digital health to improve patient care

November 09, 2019

Meet Peter Tully, a local Ipswich community member and passionate advocate for the disability community.

Peter is just one of millions of Australians who are now benefitting from the introduction of My Health Record (MyHR). MyHR is an online platform that provides a summary of a patient's health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatment, and medication information which can be shared securely between registered health care providers who are involved in the patient's care.

In 2018/19, our PHN partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency to embed MyHR as every day practice with general practices, allied health providers and pharmacists.

Our dedicated Digital Health Team worked closely with these health care providers to ensure they were registered and ready to inform their patients about the benefits of having a MyHR.

During the roll out of MyHR and the opt-out period (16 July 2018 – 31 January 2019) the team attended a number of events and meetings across the region to ensure that consumers were also aware of the benefits of having a MyHR.

Consumers, like Peter Tully, became champions for ensuring that communities understood how having a MyHR could assist with their health care.

“To give you an example, what do you think happens when I become unwell and get admitted to hospital?" Peter said.

“My wife, who also has a disability, gets overwhelmed and is obviously worried about me and can’t tell the doctors my critical health information, like medications and my medical history.

“However, with having a My Health Record, all my wife needs to do is tell the treating clinician that I have a My Health Record, and they will be able to find all of the important information they need.”

Moving forward, our PHN’s digital health activities are focused on the adoption of digital technologies including telehealth/video calling capability and improving health data standards to better support primary care.

This is one of the many stories in our 2018/19 Annual Report that highlight the initiatives and good work happening in our region - Read more stories here