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I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health—Digital Health Record—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (11.04): I am pleased to provide the Assembly today with an update on the Digital Health Record since it was implemented on 12 November 2022 across all ACT public health services, including Canberra’s public hospitals, community health centres and walk-in centres.

The implementation of the Digital Health Record is transforming the way clinical care is provided in ACT public health services. The single system tracks engagement with a community member and gives clinicians the information they need to help provide better care for patients.

The Digital Health Record has replaced approximately 40 existing systems that most clinicians used every day in their job. Those systems were responsible for 90 per cent of the data processing across the ACT public health system. The implementation of the Digital Health Record has now created a single secure health record that allows our highly skilled healthcare workers in the ACT public health system to input clinical information and to understand the whole patient journey relevant to their treatment and care.

Now when you go to an emergency department, walk-in centre or outpatient appointment, for example, the health professional is able to understand previous interactions with the ACT public health system. This is essential for the purposes of providing timely care and reducing the need for patients to tell their story
multiple times.

Similarly, when you move from one part of the hospital to another, your information will support timely care and an understanding of what has occurred prior to arriving on the ward. This means that our doctors, nurses and allied health professionals
can spend more time looking after our patients and less time looking for patient records.

Since its implementation in November 2022, many Canberrans have shared stories about the improvements in the information they can access through MyDHR. Test results, medications, discharge summaries and upcoming appointments are readily available to consumers, along with the capacity to book appointments, ask questions and receive messages. The app also links through to the healthdirect symptom checker and the ACT Health app’s waiting times for ACT emergency departments and
walk-in centres.

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