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My Health Record gains momentum. As at 15 April 2018:

  • Over 5.7 million people have a My Health Record, with an over 18,000 new records being created every week.
  • Over 18 million prescriptions and dispense records have been uploaded.
  • Over 10,967 healthcare providers are connected, including GPs, hospitals, pharmacies, aged care residential services, allied health.
  • Over 5 million clinical documents uploaded

Pathology and diagnostic imaging reports

From April 2017, pathology and diagnostic imaging reports from public hospitals will start being shared in the My Health Record. Pathology and diagnostic imaging services are now able to add their reports to My Health Record also. If you have a My Health Record, you and any healthcare professionals involved in your care will be able to see these public pathology reports, wherever and whenever they are needed.

Private pathology and diagnostic imaging laboratories will gradually connect to the My Health Record system over the next few years, as their software becomes compatible.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to adding reports to your My Health Record, such as:

  • Keeping track of the tests you have had and when you had them
  • Allowing you to monitor your results over time
  • Improving access to your health information
  • Reducing unnecessary tests and scans
  • Helping your healthcare team to save time and focus on what is important – you!

For further information here is a Fact sheet: Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging Reports for Consumers.

How to make sure the minimum requirements for payment of the eHealth Incentive or ePIP is met

Existing practices:

The minimum shared health summary upload target is calculated using your practice’s Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE). Every quarter your practice is sent a Payment Advice which advises your current SWPE count.

The SWPE count provided in your last Payment Advice is the SWPE value used to calculate your shared health summary upload target for the forthcoming quarter. To determine your practice’s minimum upload target, multiply the SWPE in your Payment Advice by 0.5 per cent.

For example, the calculation for a practice with a SWPE of 5,000 would be 5,000 x 0.5 per cent = minimum shared health summary upload target of 25.

New and small practices:

If your practice is new to PIP or has a SWPE of less than 1,000 your practice will be given a default SWPE level of 1,000 to determine the minimum number of shared health summaries that are required to be uploaded.

This equates to a minimum shared health summary upload target of 5 per quarter. The default SWPE is only used to calculate your minimum shared health summary upload target and is not used to calculate any PIP payments.

Where the specific target calculated is not a whole number, targets will be rounded down.

How much is the incentive:

The current payment rate is $6.50 per SWPE per annum, up to the cap of $12,500 per quarter ($50,000 per annum) and will be made retrospectively each quarter to practices that adhere to the eligibility requirements for the entire payment quarter.

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