Australian Healthcare Providers to Automatically Share Data with My Health Record Within a Year

Australian healthcare providers to automatically share data with My Health Record within a year

New rules mandating healthcare providers share information to My Health Record by default are expected next year.

 

In a five-year strategy and roadmap released last week, the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) detailed “priority initiatives that will contribute to delivering the strategy’s vision of an inclusive, sustainable and healthier future for all Australians through a connected and digitally enabled health system”. 

The ADHA is charged with accelerating the adoption and use of digital services and technologies across the Australian health system, and this report identifies four change enablers. Among these is regulatory and policy change 

 Dovetailing with the federal government’s Digital Health Blueprint 2023 – 2033 , the other enablers are: 

  • Secure, fit-for-purpose and connected digital solutions 
  • Digitally ready and enabled health workforce 
  • Informed consumers and carers with strong digital health literacy 

 Consumers and clinicians can look forward to health-information exchange and real-time access to data when the National Digital Health Strategy 2023-28 is fully implemented. 

Secure, connected, interoperable digital solutions are key to accelerate the adoption and use of digital services and technologies across the Australian health ecosystem, according to the new strategy. 

The ADHA is a corporate Commonwealth entity supported by all Australian governments to cultivate the adoption and use of digital services and technologies in health.

MediRecords Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Galetto said, “We welcome this report and stand ready to collaborate as industry partners.”

“In particular, we welcome the government’s regulatory efforts aimed at enabling efficient health data exchange to support accessible, person-centered care for patients.”

“At MediRecords, we are fully prepared to embrace and support the government’s vision that mandates “real-time information exchange at the point of care”. Our cloud-based solutions are equipped with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) by design, ensuring seamless connectivity within the broader healthcare ecosystem.”

“We’ve already observed a growing trend among healthcare service providers who are eager to future-proof their operations by adopting the next generation of clinical solutions. This proactive approach not only aligns with our capabilities but also underscores our commitment to advancing healthcare through innovative technology.”

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    MediRecords welcomes Queensland Health contract extension

    MediRecords welcomes Queensland Health contract extension

    Pioneering cloud technology company MediRecords has renewed its statewide contract with Queensland Health for provision of a Practice Management Enterprise Solution (PMES).

     

    The contract extension means Queensland Hospital and Health Services can deploy functions such as ePrescribing within MediRecords’ clinical platform, while continuing use of the Medicare billing and reporting workflows implemented in 2019.

    Use of the clinical records platform is growing, with MediRecords now supporting Queensland Health (QH) teams in alcohol and other drug clinics and virtual care.

    The renewed Standing Offer Arrangement (SOA) is for an initial term of three years with an option to extend two.

    MediRecords Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Galetto welcomed the SOA extension and the opportunity to innovate with QH teams.

    “As an industry leader in cloud hosted FHIR technology, the sky is the limit for how we can support Queensland Health staff and patients.”

    Mr Galetto said the MediRecords billing and claiming platform had delivered significant efficiency gains for Queensland Health since 2019, including an 85% reduction in rejected Medicare claims realised within two months of go live.

    “With more than 6000 subscribers within Queensland Health, we have been able to demonstrate the value and efficiency of a scalable solution for a large enterprise client,” Mr Galetto said.

    MediRecords was the first clinical and administrative, cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) application introduced within the QH IT environment.

    Implemented to support private practice billing, receipting, distribution and reporting of practice revenue on behalf of medical officers, MediRecords also provides appointment management and clinical records at some HHSs.

    New features to be added to the MediRecords platform in 2024 include transaction reports, deposits, an inpatient Admissions Module, and new patient portal.

    Media inquiries

    To arrange to speak with Mr Galetto, or for further information on MediRecords, please email Tim Pegler or call 0412 485 146.

    For information on MediRecords FHIR technology, see https://connect.medirecords.com/

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