HealtheNet enhanced with pathology results

NSW clinicians now have secure electronic access to vital pathology test results for the first time, thanks to the successful completion of a major collaboration between eHealth NSW’s HealtheNet Program and NSW Health Pathology.

This means New South Wales has become the first state or territory to add pathology results to the national My Health Record, given that HealtheNet passes clinical data to My Health Record if a patient has one.

Pathology results influence around 70 per cent of patient treatment decisions, so providing NSW clinicians with easier access to them is a major step towards helping reduce time to treatment and improving patient care.

“Adding pathology results to HealtheNet has been a major project of HealtheNet and Integrated Care Program Director Julie Cashin and her team, whose work is breaking down barriers of clinical information exchange and delivering significant benefits to patients and clinicians alike,” said eHealth NSW Chief Executive Dr Zoran Bolevich.

As of the first week of April, tests ordered from South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and The Children’s Hospital at Randwick are being shared via HealtheNet – which is now live at more than 200 NSW facilities and gives instant access to a summary of a patient’s recent medical history.

NSW Health Pathology results from other LHDs and Specialty Health Networks will become available to clinicians across the state via HealtheNet in a staged approach as the year progresses.

“This has been a huge effort from the team with great support, collaboration and wide consultation with many colleagues from across NSW Health,” said Dr Bolevich. “Congratulations to the HealtheNet team and everyone involved.”

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