The Australian Digital Health Agency and the University of Sydney have partnered with a pilot program to assess how the My Health Record platform can improve the cardiology service.
During the study, doctors at Westmead Hospital will have access to My Participant Health Record based on the information in the registry to make a faster diagnosis or make decisions for treatment.
Other goals of the pilot program are to reduce duplicate testing and enhance communication support among health care providers through the My Health Record shared healthy summary feature.
A My Health record gives GPs, pharmacies, and healthcare systems the ability to view a patient's health information safely online.
It also allows healthcare professionals involved in patient care to visualize a person's health records, and health professionals can upload, view and share documents, diagnose and provide treatment.
"Our study aims to provide greater accessibility to the information needed to better treat all Australians suffering from chest pains and to safely divert people with non-acute chest pain from hospital admission," said Clara Chow, Academic Director of Westmead Applied Research. Center, in a statement published in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy.
Heart disease was the leading cause of death in 2018, with 170 Australians aged 25 or older suffering from a heart attack every day. report released last June.
"Last month, we found that more than two-thirds of Australian adults have risk factors for heart disease," said Bill Stavreski, general manager of heart health and research, in a statement.
"Statistics like these remind us of the importance of taking care of our heart health and My Health Record provides Australians with a place to store all the important records about their heart history and preferred treatment methods," he said.
"We need all Australians to be aware of the prevalence of heart disease and the work to be done to improve our heart health," the agency's chief executive Tim Kelsey said in a statement. "This program is a great example of how we can use digital technologies to achieve this goal and deliver better health outcomes for all Australians."
Australian pharmacies and general practices are rapidly adopting My Health Record, the government's digital health record system, according to the latest data from the Australian Digital Health Agency.
In the period between April 2018 and April 2019, there was a 13% increase in the number of shared health abstracts submitted by GP organizations and a 60% increase in clinical document views by GP organizations.
Digital solutions and technologies have improved connectivity between patients and suppliers and have led Australia to the brink of a transformation in healthcare, according to professional services company MinterEllison.
A recent report from the Melbourne Institute of Health also strongly pointed out that digital technology has the potential to bring together doctors and patients online through teleconsultations and shared electronic records.