HealtheNet Pathology integration continues
Test results added from 101 more hospitals
Patients in NSW will benefit from more connected and integrated healthcare now that clinicians have state-wide digital access to vital pathology test results from an additional 101 public hospitals.
Given that blood and other pathology test results influence around 70 per cent of patient treatment decisions, providing easier access for clinicians is a major step towards helping reduce time to treatment and improving patient care, said eHealth NSW Chief Executive Dr Zoran Bolevich.
“This latest integration represents another way in which eHealth NSW is streamlining and enhancing the patient journey, regardless of where a patient lives or presents for treatment,” he said.
NSW Health Pathology’s continued integration with eHealth NSW’s HealtheNet Clinical Portal and the national My Health Record marks the second phase of a collaboration to share the results of pathology tests state-wide.
The integration began in April 2017, when the results of pathology tests requested at 17 hospitals across the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Districts (LHDs), and the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick were first shared in HealtheNet.
As a result, NSW became the first state or territory in Australia to make pathology results electronically available to patients via My Health Record, a secure online summary of a person’s health information.
On 27 August, pathology results ordered at an additional 101 hospitals were added to HealtheNet from six more LHDs, including Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Western NSW, Far West, Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee.
By mid-2018, hospitals within the remaining seven LHDs will be sharing test results, giving clinicians across the state access to a patient’s pathology results regardless of their geographical location.
“Continuing to deliver the growth and accessibility of information to NSW clinicians via HealtheNet with the inclusion of pathology results is exciting, especially as this information is also delivered to patients via My Health Record,” said Julie Cashin, eHealth NSW’s Program Director, HealtheNet and Integrated Care.
Clinicians have welcomed the integration, with haematologist Dr Leonardo Pasalic saying: “Being able to see everything with one click is tremendously helpful. We previously spent a lot of time collating information to see trends. It is also helpful to be able to see other results such as a patient’s B12 levels, which we couldn’t access previously.”
Providing instant access to a summary of a patient’s recent medical history – as well as a patient’s My Health Record, if they have one – HealtheNet is now live at more than 200 facilities across NSW.