Aged care medication management software Medi-Map has connectivity with the My Health Record as of this week, providing users access to residents’ health information including pharmacy dispense records.
The integration – which went live on Tuesday 29 August – allows nurses from approved care organisations to access a resident’s health record based on an individual’s permissions and decision to opt in.
In addition to pharmacy dispense records, the integration also provides Medi-Map users with access to pathology results, general practitioner summaries, allergy information, referral letters and immunisation records.
“It is a proud moment for the company to announce My Health Record is available within Medi-Map from today,” Christelle Ucinek – Medi-Map general manager Australia – told Australian Ageing Agenda. “The information available within MHR for a [resident] and the healthcare team is an enabler to holistic care and improved patient outcomes.”
Other aged care software vendors encouraged to connect
Medi-Map is among around 120 clinical software products capable of connecting to the My Health Record as at 17 August, the Australian Digital Health Agency’s register of conformance shows. However, fewer than 20 of these products are for the aged care sector.
To support the adoption of digital health tools in the aged care sector, the ADHA launched a second industry offer for sector on 1 August. Medi-Map is among those who signed up.
The offer targets clinical information and electronic medication management system software developers in a bid to increase the number of compliant products capable of connecting with My Health Record.
This offer also introduces the capability for software products to support the upload of the new Aged Care Transfer Summary document. The document – which is in direct response to recommendations from the aged care royal commission – aims to streamline the sharing of information when a resident transfers to an acute care setting, such as a hospital.
Those already successful in the first offer need only respond to the Request for Tender requirements for developing the Aged Care Transfer Summary, while others will have to address all requirements.
“The Aged Care Industry Offer marks another crucial step towards better exchange of information between residential aged care facilities and other healthcare providers and progress towards a more connected healthcare ecosystem that delivers better, more continuous care for older Australians,” said ADHA chief executive officer Amanda Cattermole.
“As the sector moves towards a digital future, I encourage software providers who are wanting to make a difference in aged care to register now.”