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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3600 ..


Through the introduction of the MyDHR mobile app the ACT COVID-19 care at home team has been able to transition away from paper-based forms to an enhanced monitoring system that works together with telehealth. Using the MyDHR app, patients enter twice-daily updates that are immediately escalated to the clinical team to flag any action that might need to be taken.

The ability for patients to enter their data digitally is very valuable and means the COVID-19 care at home team have more time to keep in touch with patients while they are at home. The use of the MyDHR system in this way is in the early stages, but it is already proving beneficial to clinicians and consumers alike. So having seen a small amount of the functionality in MyDHR, Canberrans and health services clinicians should be really excited about the opportunities ahead for the broader digital health record rollout in late 2022, which of course is all about delivering better care closer to home.

MR PETTERSSON: Minister, can you please update the Assembly on the rollout of the digital health record?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. A fully functional Digital Health Record will transform the way health care is provided in the ACT with a one-record system that enables safe, efficient and reliable care at any public health service location in the ACT. The ACT government funded this important project in the 2018-19 budget by committing more than $150 million to building and implementing the digital health record. The 135-strong digital health record team is made up of clinical, technical and administrative staff who are working to critical time frames to configure the system based on many decisions made by health service subject matter experts.

Phase 1 of the digital health record project concluded on 1 July with key milestones achieved including identifying more than 500 subject matter experts to provide key clinical guidance to the team ensuring that the program remains clinically led; posting 115 directions-setting sessions for the subject matter experts in the public health system; and reaching agreements on the governance structure that incorporates four steering committees, 10 advisory committees and 52 working groups with meetings for all of them having commenced.

On 2 July 2021 phase 2—work flow adoption and configuration—commenced, which is expected to be completed by 14 January 2022. Once the system is fully configured and tested a significant amount of end-user engagement and training will occur across our health workforce with the full digital health record to go live in late 2022.

We are learning from global best practice and trust in the experience that has been built in the Epic system by other healthcare organisations around the world. This includes leading hospitals in Victoria—the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Royal Women’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, which are already seeing incredibly benefits to implementing the Digital Health Record.


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