My Health Record and Exercise Physiology
Harmonee is an accredited exercise physiologist, who co-owns General Wellness Centre on the Gold Coast in QLD. The Centre recently registered for My Health Record and individual NASH PKIs in order to access the Provider Portal.
A client who had recently undergone bypass surgery visited General Wellness Centre to see Harmonee. As the Centre had connected to the My Health Record system, Harmonee asked her client for permission to access some of their health information in the My Health Record system. Having access to the patient's Discharge Summary gave Harmonee a better insight into her client’s surgery and the rehabilitation provided while in hospital, and so she was able to provide a more informed and tailored care plan for the client.
From this experience, Harmonee says the ability to access My Health Record “is a brilliant step forward and when all health professionals are using the system and all patient records are up on the system, the benefits for everyone will be exciting.” Even without My Health Record-conformant software, she is still able to access valuable information such as the medical history of clients or discharge summaries. In the past, creating a tailored rehabilitation plan has been difficult for Harmonee as she often had to rely on her patient’s memory. In the future with conformant software, Harmonee and her Centre look forward to being able to contribute to the system by creating event summaries of the care they’ve provided their clients to assist other health professionals in delivering appropriate care.
How have you accessed My Health Record via the Provider Portal or using practice software? Have you found it beneficial to your practice and patients? The team at Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) would be grateful for any feedback and can be contacted via email. Members of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) are encouraged to contact the Association for support and guidance around registering for, and accessing My Health Record.