Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Results to be Added to eHealth Records

Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Results to be Added to eHealth Records

17 July 2013

Patients will soon be able to have pathology and diagnostic imaging results uploaded to their eHealth records thanks to an $8 million Federal Government investment.

The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, said it will mean things like a patients blood test and x-ray results could be stored securely online as part of their own personal eHealth record.

This is a landmark next step in the evolution of the Governments national eHealth records system, Ms Plibersek said.

We expect both doctors and patients will find the new functionality useful, as it will reduce the need for them to chase down results or duplicate tests.

In an emergency, having this kind of information on a patients eHealth record could save lives.

Both patients and healthcare professionals will be able to access results uploaded to a record.

The $8 million investment includes funding for planning and design work associated with upgrading medical software used by doctors so results can be downloaded or uploaded at the click of a button, Ms Plibersek said.

This work will pave the way for x-ray and MRI images themselves to be stored on a patients eHealth record in the future.

Its been just over a year since the national eHealth records system started, and already around 520,000 patients are on board exceeding Government targets.

This Government sees eHealth as a natural extension of our universal health system, Medicare.

It helps every Australian access great healthcare, no matter where they live or how much they earn.

The new functionality is expected to roll out in the first half of 2014.

The Governments national eHealth records system started on 1 July 2012.

A patients eHealth record on the Governments national system can now hold:

  • A summary of the patients important medical history
  • A list of medications prescribed and dispensed
  • Allergy information
  • Childhood immunisation records
  • Child health and development information
  • Hospital discharge reports
  • Organ donor status
  • Advanced care planning details
  • Summaries of individual patient health events
  • Medicare and PBS claims data, and
  • Private notes patients make about their own health
In June 2013, the Government also launched the first smartphone app to link to the national eHealth records system the child eHealth app.

Registration for an eHealth record is completely free and can be done online at the eHealth website.