A shared health summary can be created and uploaded to an individual’s My Health Record by the individual’s nominated healthcare provider which could be either:
A Registered Medical Practitioner;
A Registered Nurse; or
An Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner.
A shared health summary can be created at the time of consultation or afterwards if more convenient for the healthcare professional. A good time to create a shared health summary is when the nominated healthcare provider is completing a patient’s health assessment, for example a GP management plan, 75+ health assessment, 4 year-old health check or flu vaccination. A shared health summary should also be created for an individual any time there is a clinically relevant event that other healthcare providers who may be involved in the individual’s care may benefit from knowing (for example, new prescribed medications or dosages, new medical conditions).
Any updates to an individual’s shared health summary will require a new shared health summary to be created. This can be done quickly and easily from most clinical information systems. The updated shared health summary will appear as the most recent shared health summary in the in the individual’s My Health Record.