My Health Record
On 11th March 2021, Dorevitch Pathology commenced uploading pathology results for Western Health patients to the My Health Record system
As with Final Diagnostic Imaging Reports, the patient will only have access to read the report after seven calendar days from generation of the final result. This delay is in place to provide clinicians time to contact the patient about the results if required.
Consent will still be captured and managed in iPM during the patient’s inpatient admission or outpatient appointment. Patients who attend the emergency department will be excluded due to the inability to always capture consent.
If a patient does not want Western Health to upload to My Health Record, they just need to let us know. As soon as a clinician or ward clerk is advised by a patient that they do not wish to have information uploaded to My Health Record, this must be passed to the ward clerk on duty to change their consent in iPM. However it is important to note that if a patient withdraws their consent after an order is placed, Dorevitch will still upload the result, as consent is set for the order at the time it is placed.
The below instructions will assist staff in updating consent in iPM.
If you have any further queries please contact the following members of the Digital Health Team:
Helen Delaney – Helen.Delaney2@wh.org.au
Andrew May – Andrew.May@wh.org.au
Viewing a patient’s My Health Record in the EMR
Clinicians are able to view a patient’s My Health Record by clicking on the My Health Record tab within the EMR table of contents. Please see the graphic below.
This is available for all clinicians currently authorised to view My Health Record.
On 18th February 2020, Western Health commenced uploading Final Diagnostic Imaging Reports to the My Health Record system
Prior to this date only patient’s discharge summaries were uploaded to My Health Record.
From 18th February 2020, when the final Diagnostic Imaging Report is complete it is sent to My Health Record and becomes available to all members of the patient’s healthcare team authorised to access the patient’s My Health Record.
The patient will only have access to read the report after seven calendar days from generation of the final report. This delay is in place to provide clinicians time to contact the patient about the results if required.
Only Final Diagnostic Imaging Reports provided by Medical Imaging will be uploaded (images will not be uploaded). Other Diagnostic Imaging Reports from speciality diagnostic services including Cardiology, Respiratory, Sleep Disorder and Neurology Diagnostic services are excluded and will not be uploaded.
Consent will be captured and managed during the patient’s inpatient admission or outpatient appointment. Patients who attend the emergency department will be excluded due to the inability to always capture consent. Patients who attend Medical Imaging with a private referral will also be excluded.
If a patient does not want Western Health to upload to My Health Record, they just need to let us know. As soon as a clinician or ward clerk is advised by a patient that they do not wish to have information uploaded to My Health Record, this must be passed to the ward clerk on duty to change their consent in iPM.
What is My Health Record?
Western Health uploads patient discharge summaries from the EMR to the Australian Government’s My Health Record (MyHR) system. This complements the delivery of the patient’s discharge summary to their GP.
My Health Record is a summary of an individual’s key health information that can be shared securely online between the individual and the registered healthcare providers involved in their care. My Health Record is an Australian Government initiative. For you and your family | My Health Record
It provides for potentially lifesaving access to information such as medical history (including discharge summaries), medicines (including Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), dispense and prescription details) allergies and adverse reactions, immunisations from the Australian Immunisation Register, and test results. As information in the system grows and more healthcare providers are connected, it will support significant improvements in the safety, quality and efficiency of Australia’s healthcare system.
What are the benefits for clinicians?
My Health Record doesn’t replace existing medical records held in the healthcare provider’s clinical information system, but having immediate access to patients’ My Health Records can support and improve clinical decision-making and continuity of care by providing access to information that might not have otherwise been available. This includes better coordination and management of patients with chronic conditions or complex care needs.
It provides timely access to information when it is needed at the point of care, including in a medical emergency. This can save valuable time and enable healthcare providers to focus on treating the patient as opposed to chasing information.
Information for patients and families
My Health Record brochures are available in the Patient Information Centres and reception areas of Western Health sites. Information is also available on the Australian Government website: For you and your family | My Health Record