One of the more interesting stats in a presentation chock full of them given by Nepean Blue Mountains PHN's Donna Sedgman at Pen Computer Systems' PHN conference in Sydney last week was that GPs in her catchment were three times more likely to be able to see a patient's discharge summary on the My Health Record (MyHR) than they were to receive it by secure messaging.
While the vast majority of GPs surely would prefer that they receive it by the latter route, in the absence of that happening reliably the MyHR does provide an alternative, not the least because those hospitals that are linked to the system – and there are quite a lot of them now, including the subject of one of our most popular stories this week, Royal Children's Hospital – are sending discharge summaries up for those patients who have a record.
With all the coverage of the issues with this year's census, you would be forgiven for thinking it was the first time Australia had tried to implement an electronic submission option. So it was surprising to me to discover that 2016 was in fact the third time the Australian Bureau of Statistics had provided citizens with the opportunity to complete an 'eCensus', as they were referred to in 2006 and 2011.
Beyond the basic and well canvassed IT issues that resulted in the electronic form being taken offline for several days, issues relating to data retention time periods and other privacy concerns overshadowed the census.
In this week's poll, we asked:
Will the census debacle affect the public’s acceptance of an opt-out My Health Record?
The results as at COB on Friday, August 19 were as follows: