Child health app released as PCEHR registrations grow


The federal government has released the first app that can interact with the PCEHR as registrations for the system climb past 215,000.

The new My Child's eHealth Record app has been based on the app designed by Deloitte and NSW Health as part of the Greater Western Sydney Wave 2 site that has created an electronic version of the Blue Book for newborns.

Available for iPhones and Android smartphones, the app allows parents to enter information such as immunisations, growth parameters and developmental milestones. It is only available for NSW users at the moment, as is the new Child Development section added recently to each PCEHR.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek launched the app yesterday, saying it does not replace the Blue Book or its equivalents, “but if a parent is asked by a childcare centre about their child’s immunisation status, they are very likely to have their mobile with them even if they are not carrying the blue book”.

“The My Child’s eHealth Record app is yet another way for parents to keep track of their family’s key health information, and adds to the clinical and personal information the eHealth record system can already hold for an individual,” Ms Plibersek said.

The app includes real-time growth charts, immunisation records and reminders, health check-related questionnaires and answers – for NSW only at present – personal notes including developmental milestones, illness and injuries, useful contacts and health information resources.

“While a baby’s measurements should be taken by a trained healthcare professional, parents can add this information directly to their child’s eHealth record via the app,” Ms Plibersek said.

Before downloading and using the app, parents must have registered their child or children for a PCEHR. Parents can sign up online or by phone if the child is listed on the family's Medicare card, but if not, applications must be made in person at a Medicare office or by writing.

Parents can give healthcare professionals access to the child's PCEHR, and those with the compliant software can also upload documents. Healthcare professionals have not been given access to the parent's personally entered notes.

The app requires users to log into the website, which has replaced the website and has a vastly improved user interface. Users are also required to enter a personally chosen pin number to access the PCEHR through the app.

The Department of Health and Ageing has also released the latest figures on the uptake and use of the PCEHR.

  • The total number of people who have registered for an eHealth record is 215,813, current at Friday, May 31.
  • In the past week, more than 30,000 people have registered for an eHealth record.
  • More than 3300 healthcare provider organisations have now signed on to the eHealth record system.
  • There are 4265 individual doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers throughout Australia who have been authorised by their organisations to access the PCEHR system.
  • 2315 clinical documents such as shared health summaries, discharge summaries and event summaries have been uploaded.
  • 17,266 consumer documents such as notes and advance care custodian information, have been entered by consumers.
  • 200 Child eHealth record documents have been added by parents.
  • There are 91 Prescription and Dispense View items, generated from the recently launched National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

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