My Health Record assists nurses in vaccination
Nurses working in primary health care, either as independent immunisation providers or under the direction of a medical colleague, are critical to the provision of immunisation services and systems to ensure the safe and effective delivery of vaccinations across Australia.
How does My Health Record assist nurses to make clinical decisions about immunisation?
Immunisation information is found in the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) section of My Health Record. AIR records vaccination history of all individuals of all age groups, living in Australia. This information can also be found in the Shared Health Summary in an individual’s My Health Record if uploaded by their general practitioner.
Below are two scenarios which show the benefits of patients having access to their own medical records:
Case study 1:
A family was able to access important immunisation information from their child’s My Health Record when he scraped his foot on a piece of metal whilst playing in their backyard late on a Sunday afternoon. The My Health Record indicated that the child’s tetanus shot was up to date. Having access to this information on the My Health Record system, meant the parents were able to avoid a trip to the local Emergency Department as all their local medical centres had closed for the evening.
Case study 2:
When the Western Australia Country Health Service South West offsite immunisation clinic had problems connecting to the internet, a mother of a young child who had travelled to get her immunised was able to connect to her child’s My Health Record through her smartphone and show nurses her child’s immunisation record. This enabled the nurses to determine what immunisations the child had already received and which ones were required on this visit.