Other clinical documents in My Health Record
Immunisation Consolidated View
Immunisation Consolidated View displays information from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) and My Health Record.
Pathology reports can be uploaded by registered pathology laboratories. Once uploaded, the reports are immediately available to all members of the patient’s healthcare team. Most pathology reports will be available for your patient to view through their My Health Record seven days after the report is uploaded. This gives you time to review a report and contact your patient to discuss the results before they can see them in their My Health Record.
Some pathology results will be made available to the patient as soon as they have been uploaded. Pathology reports for blood clot monitoring, known as the international normalised ratio (INR) test, diabetes monitoring (HbA1c), COVID-19 and respiratory infection tests (such as flu) are available as soon as they are uploaded to My Health Record.
For more information, consumers and healthcare providers can visit the Agency’s website.
Some pathology providers are only able to upload pathology reports to a patient’s My Health Record if they have been requested as an eRequest. A list of providers who can upload to My Health Record is available here.
How does eRequesting for pathology work?
When a request is created from a patient record within your CIS, an eRequest is automatically sent to the selected pathology provider. A paper request form is printed at the same time. The paper request form contains a barcode that can be scanned by the pathology provider, and patients can choose to attend a different provider should they wish to do so.
If you would like to begin using eRequesting, you must first ensure that your practice is using a compatible CIS and that your preferred pathology providers can receive eRequests from their software. The next step is to contact your preferred pathology providers to have eRequesting set up between your system and theirs. Once the functionality has been switched on, eRequesting happens automatically.
Pathology providers can upload eRequested results to a patient’s My Health Record which are available to view immediately after upload by requesting GP and other healthcare providers accessing the patient’s My Health Record.
It is important to note that all pathology reports, whether paper-based or generated via eRequesting functionality, will always be sent directly to the requesting GP using the existing processes in place.
The Australian Digital Health Agency's Pathology and diagnostic imaging providers uploading to My Health Record webpage contains an up-to-date list of the general practice CISs and providers able to participate in eRequesting.
Viewing pathology reports in My Health Record
Patient reports in My Health Record can be accessed via your CIS either as an ‘overview’ which groups test results together to support clinical decision-making, or in ‘list view’ which displays reports in a full, ungrouped list.
What if a patient doesn’t want their report uploaded to My Health Record?
This can be communicated directly to the relevant pathology provider as part of the initial eRequest by checking the ‘Do not send reports to My Health Record’ tick box.
Alternatively, patients can mark a tick box on the paper request forms to request that their report is not uploaded to My Heath Record, or this request can simply be written as a note on the form. A request to not send a report to My Health Record will apply to all tests included in that eRequest.
Test results will not be uploaded to a patient’s My Health Record where existing State or Territory legislation prohibits the disclosure of sensitive information without the patient’s express consent. Information about which reports are covered by this in different States and Territories is available here.
Diagnostic imaging reports and eRequesting
At this stage, general practices can only send eRequests to pathology providers. Some diagnostic imaging providers automatically upload imaging reports and a list of these providers can be found here.
GPs can access medicines information via the medicines information view which sorts and displays medicines information held in a patient’s My Health Record. The medicines information view combines information from a number of documents including prescribe and dispense information, discharge summaries, and shared health summaries. More information on the medicines information view can be found here.
Additional resources for GPs
Australian Digital Health Agency