Below are some recent updates in the area of digital health for general practice including information around Queensland roll out of eScripts, electronic prescription courses, PRODA, changes to Telehealth, National Bowel Cancer Screening and My Health Record.
Queensland has joined the rest of the jurisdictions in approving electronic prescription capabilities, with the first eScript dispensed at a Practice in Bargara, near Bundaberg, this week. Read more here
The Australian Digital Health Agency electronic prescriptions eLearning courses for both prescribers and dispensers are now available. The eLearning courses are free and accessible at training.digitalhealth.gov.au.
Learn how to add members to an organisation in PRODA and manage delegations by following these step by step instructions here.
From Monday 20 July new changes came into effect, restricting the ability of GPs to provide MBS funded telehealth services where the patient has not received at least one face to face consultation by that GP, or another GP at the same practice within the last 12 months. Download the MBS provider FAQ document here or for further guidance, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has provided an FAQ on the changes.
The Department of Health has prepared this checklist to assist you to comply with your privacy obligations when delivering telehealth services. Health professionals are reminded to verify the patient’s identity, and the identity of anyone else in attendance, at the start of the consultation. Confirm ongoing consent (see RACGP Flowchart 2).
Cyber criminals are constantly adapting to new environments and implemented safeguards. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has developed a number of resources to help your practice stay safe online, protect your practice information from criminal attack, and help you get back up and running in the event of an incident:
Commencing Monday 13 July 2020, participants in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (the Program) now have their bowel screening results uploaded to the My Health Record (MHR). When accessing bowel screening results through the MHR, participants will see a copy of the results letter they will have received from Sonic Healthcare following testing of their returned samples.
The Program’s Participant Details form was revised to include a check box for participants to select if they do not wish their bowel screening results to be uploaded to the MHR. If participants do not have one of the new revised Participant Details form, they can handwrite on their form ‘Do not send reports to My Health Record’.
If a participant’s results are uploaded to the MHR and they want it removed, they can do this by:
Please note that participant’s bowel screening results are unable to be uploaded to the MHR retrospectively.
New data released by the Australian Digital Health Agency shows a big lift in the use of the My Health Record system during COVID-19. GPs increased in viewing and uploading from 73% to 82% and 90% of public hospitals are now registered.
View pathology information in a patients My Health Record by using the clinical software summary sheets
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