by Gorilla Jobs in Facts & Figures, "Pharmacies", Pharmacist, MyHealth 17/12/2019

Pharmacies: Biggest Contribution to My Health Record

The Australian Digital Health Agency published updated statistics with detailed activity on My Health Record. Pharmacies were the biggest contributor to My Health Record's success.

The Agency’s My Health Record statistics will be published regularly to provide more transparency around how the system is being used by consumers and healthcare providers.

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Pharmacies: Biggest Contributor to My Health Record

Key Findings

Pharmacies are currently the biggest contributors to My Health Record, uploading over 4 million documents every month. Compared to General Practitioners, who add between 2 and 3 million documents every month. 

There has been a 140% growth of healthcare providers sharing and collaborating on patient information, with both viewing and uploading information being equal.

GPs are the highest users of the system, accessing documents uploaded by other GPs and healthcare providers to help them in clinical decision-making.

The number of My Health Records containing Medicare or Clinical documents has more than doubled since January, with now more than 12.5 million documents - typically following an interaction with a healthcare provider.

Over 1.6 billion documents have been uploaded, including around 40 million clinical documents and 90 million medicine documents. More than 679 million of these have been uploaded just in the last nine months alone.

Around 90% of public hospitals, general practices and pharmacies are now registered to use My Health Record, and around 70 per cent of those actively uploading or viewing documents.

There are also over 6+ million records with immunisation information and more than 1.2+ million records with organ donor register information.

Highlights 

90% of pharmacies and GPs are now registered and the number is up to 94% of public hospital beds.

How healthcare providers are using MHR

Source: MyHealth Record Statistics

 

Every month, around 4 to 5 million documents are uploaded to the system by pharmacists, while the number is between 2 and 3 million for GPs and even lower for hospitals, with just over 1 million documents.

 

Documents uploaded to MHR

Source: MyHealth Record Statistics

Pharmacists have been praised as champions of My Health Record, with the CEO of the Agency Tim Kelsey mentioning in September that there has been an “unbelievable energy” in the way pharmacies embraced the system.

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