My Health Record and the allied health community
Published 23 June 2016
The value of My Health Record to consumers and healthcare providers is at its greatest when used and contributed to by all healthcare providers. Allied health professionals and their representative associations, like Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) have been advocating for an increased focus on allied health and enabling allied health professionals to view and contribute to My Health Record.
While there is a broad consensus of the benefits of My Health Record in the allied health community and eagerness to get involved, many allied health professionals do not use clinical information systems through which they can upload information to the My Health Record system.
Allied health professionals who do not currently use practice software that is connected to My Health Record can still participate and view My Health Records through a web-based Provider Portal. The portal allows you to search and view individual My Health Records.
To access the Provider Portal you must register and obtain the appropriate online credentials - more information on how to do this is available on the My Health Record website
If you are an existing user of the My Health Record system, you can login to the Provider Portal
To further assist participation by allied health professionals in the My Health Record system, AHPA will be progressing a number of initiatives with the support of the Commonwealth to learn about the various professions encompassed by the term “allied health.” The aim is to understand their business, ways of working, technology needs, and information needs, in order to ensure that the allied health participation in the My Health Record system is complementary to their business. Some initiatives include:
- Streamline the My Health Record registration process for allied health professionals, including Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registered professionals as well as the self-regulating professions.
- Identify allied health professional champions to demonstrate the benefits of My Health Record for others in allied health.
- Maximise the involvement of allied health practitioners in Northern Queensland and the Nepean Blue Mountains as part of the My Health Record opt-out trials.
- An Allied Health Digital Health Survey was commissioned by the Department of Health, in conjunction with the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) and AHPA. The survey was completed by 1,327 AHPA members, aimed at learning more about the degree to which allied health professionals are currently using digital technology as part of their day-to-day practice.
The success of AHPA’s work to maximise allied health’s participation in the My Health Record will be dependent on the support and feedback of individual allied health professionals and practices. If you would like to get in touch with AHPA to find out more about the My Health Record projects it is undertaking or to provide feedback as a practicing allied health professional, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.