NSW Health Pathology and eHealth NSW have joined forces on a project to share NSW Health pathology results with HealtheNet and the national My Health Record system.
The partnership marks yet another step towards consolidating patients’ health information, which in NSW is often spread across a vast number of different locations and incompatible computer systems.
HealtheNet provides NSW Health clinicians with secure and immediate access to a patient's recent medical history from across all NSW Local Health Districts and a patient's national My Health Record.
It also includes the secure electronic messaging of patient hospital discharge summaries to GPs, and the sharing of NSW hospital discharge summaries with the national My Health Record, where a patient has one.
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Now that it is being expanded to include NSW Health Pathology information, the HealtheNet system will be enhanced and even more able to improve quality of care, increase patient safety and improve patient outcomes.
The latest project will be rolled out in a phased approach, with Pathology West and South Eastern Area Laboratory Services expected to integrate first, followed by Pathology North, Sydney South West Pathology Service and Sydney Children’s Hospital Westmead.
The HealtheNet team has been holding workshops with each of the pathology networks and NSW Health Pathology clinical streams to gather requirements and the business rules for the design of the Pathology Integration.
HealtheNet Change Manager Steve Badham said the benefits of the Pathology Integration project include:
- Consolidated NSW Health pathology results will now be located in a single HealtheNet Clinical Repository;
- Clinicians will have immediate, 24/7 access to pathology results across organisational boundaries, assisting them in the provision of timely and quality patient care;
- Better support for clinical workflow and improved ability to carry out coordinated care initiatives;
- Reduced costs associated with duplicated or repeated procedures/studies; and
- Greater consumer access and control to manage key information pertinent to their healthcare.
NSW Health public pathology results will be shared with the national My Health Record, so the patient, their GP and other healthcare providers can access them, Steve said.
Pathology results from private laboratories and public laboratories in other states will be made visible in the My Health Record information in the HealtheNet Clinical Portal.