AMA releases updated Position Statement on shared electronic health records

16 Jun 2016

Doctors and other health workers need to have access to core clinical information in electronic medical records if the Federal Government’s My Health Record system is to deliver an improvement in patient care, the AMA has said.

Releasing the AMA’s updated Position Statement, Shared Electronic Medical Records 2016, this week, AMA President Dr Michael Gannon said that giving patients the ability to block or modify access to critical information such as medications, allergies, discharge summaries, diagnostic test results, blood pressure and advance care plans compromised the clinical usefulness of shared electronic medical records loaded on the My Health Record system.

“Doctors treating a patient need to be confident that they have access to all relevant information,” Dr Gannon said. “Shared electronic medical records have the potential to deliver huge benefits by giving health workers ready access to critical patient information when it is needed, reducing the chances of adverse or unwarranted treatments and improving the coordination of care.

“But, if patients are able to control access to core clinical information in their electronic medical record, doctors cannot rely on it,” Dr Gannon said.

An AMA survey of 658 medical practices, undertaken last month, found GPs were reluctant to take part because of lack of confidence in the reliability of information it contained, combined with little patient demand and an absence of support for practices undertaking the task of creating shared health summaries.

Full media release

AMA Position Statement on Shared Electronic Medical Records 2016

Dr Gannon, 2UE, My Health Record, 15 June 2016