Modernising My Health Record – Improved sharing of pathology and diagnostic imaging information

We are making changes so you have better and faster access to pathology and diagnostic imaging reports in My Health Record. This will empower patients to participate in their healthcare and make it easier for healthcare providers to coordinate care and make clinical decisions.

About the changes

Better access

We will be making it a requirement for public and private pathology and diagnostic imaging providers to share their reports to My Health Record by default. We expect that this requirement will be in place from December 2024.

These changes respond to recommendations made by the Strengthening Medicare Taskforce.

The Australian Digital Health Agency will help healthcare providers to meet the new requirements. Healthcare providers can find out more about My Health Record technical and registration support, education and training on the Australian Digital Health Agency website.

Faster access

Patients are waiting seven days before they can access most pathology and diagnostic imaging reports that have been shared to My Health Record.

We will be removing this delay for all pathology and diagnostic imaging reports. More information on implementation timeframes will be available after considering:

  • advice by the clinical and consumer advisory group
  • feedback as part of consultation activities.

There may be some circumstances where there will still be a delay, such as where there is evidence of clinical safety or other risks. The clinical and consumer advisory group will help us consider this matter. You can also provide feedback as part of our consultation activities.

Why the changes are important

The changes aim to give patients and their healthcare providers better access to key health information, when it is needed, to help:

  • empower patients to participate in their own healthcare
  • make it easier for healthcare providers to coordinate care and access information
  • support healthcare providers to make better clinical decisions that can:
    • reduce avoidable adverse outcomes, hospital admissions and duplicate tests
    • increase use of evidence-based appropriate treatments and interventions.

Who we work with

We will be working with the Australian Digital Health Agency and a clinical and consumer advisory group to make these changes.

Information on the clinical and consumer advisory group is available on the Australian Digital Health Agency website.

Find out more

Consultation process

We ran a consultation process from 8 September to 31 October 2023 to help us make these changes. You can find out more about this on the consultation hub.

We will update the consultation hub when a summary of outcomes from this process is available.

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