My Health Record & Improved Health Data to better coordinate care

The Australian Government will drive better patient outcomes for Australians living complex chronic illness as part of its Healthier Medicare reform package, by improving digital heath records and data around health outcomes that will make it easier to co-ordinate their care and measure their progress.

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31 March 2016

The Turnbull Government will drive better patient outcomes for Australians living complex chronic illness as part of its Healthier Medicare reform package, by improving digital heath records and data around health outcomes that will make it easier to co-ordinate their care and measure their progress.

Digital health measures including the new My Health Record, telehealth services, remote health monitoring and medication management technologies can improve patient access to services and increase the efficiency of the health system.

The My Health Record will be an essential element of these reforms that will support all members of a patient’s health care team to work in constant consultation with each other, through the seamless sharing of information such as medications, treatments, allergies and care plans.

This will also help keep patients engaged in their own care planning by cutting down on frustrating duplication of tests and treatments for them, whilst also delivering efficiencies to the system.

Greater use of the My Health Record and other data reporting mechanisms is a key recommendation of the Turnbull Government's clinician-led Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG).

This is backed up by PHCAG’s consultations, which found 90% of survey respondents agreed that it is important to measure and report patient health outcomes.

      “Although existing data collections provide some useful information about primary health care in Australia, they cannot be used to build a complete picture of why a typical patient went to a primary health care provider, what occurred during the consultation, what actions were recommended and taken, and with what outcome and cost. There are gaps in the picture of primary health care provider-patient encounters and of health care over time.”
As such, our Healthier Medicare reforms will also improve data collection on primary health care through the creation of a quality improvement framework and the foundation of a National Minimum Data Set.

This will include the collection of de-identified information and associated reporting to support continuous service delivery improvement.

It will provide a similar level of information on primary care that is available for other parts of the health system.

Improved primary care data will mean we can better measure a patient’s individual progress, tailor their care plan to their needs, and know when they are achieving their health goals.

Better data collection will also allow Health Care Homes to compare the progress of their patients with that of other practices with similar health issues, and help them to improve the quality of care they provide. At a whole of system level it will provide higher-quality de-identified data to inform the work of policy makers and researchers.

Collecting data on health outcomes and patient and provider satisfaction will mean that we can evaluate the success of the Health Care Home model.

By rolling out Health Care Homes through trials in Primary Health Networks regions across the country we will also be able to refine the model to ensure it provides local flexibility to support care in communities with different demographics, health needs and access to health services.

Embracing new technologies and the My Heath Record along with stronger data collection, measurement and evaluation tools will help to better coordinate and manage care, particularly for those with chronic and complex health needs.

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