Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council (ACIITC) has collaborated with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to deliver My Health Record Guidelines for Residential Aged Care.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission called from universal adoption of digital technology and My Health Record (recommendation 68). The Australian Digital Health Agency has been working towards supporting aged care providers to adopt My Health Record into their service delivery.
With this aim, ADHA established an Aged Care Working Group formed with ACIITC, Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA), Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Australian Nursing Midwifery Foundation (ANMF) in early 2021 to assist with the uptake of My Health Record in Aged Care. The group supported the development of a draft My Health Record Security and Access Policy template and a draft Table of Contents for My Health Record Guidelines in Aged Care.
As a result of this initiative, ACIITC was engaged, in collaboration with ACSA and LASA, to develop a fit-for-purpose My Health Record Guideline for Aged Care for the purpose to support aged care providers to register, connect and use My Health Record.In 2023, ADHA approached ACIITC to publish My Health Record Guidelines for Residential Aged Care and undertake education and awareness virtual events.
The My Health Record Guideline in Residential Aged Care (version 2) are available to download by clicking here.
Please note: The guidelines were updated on 28 November 2023 and encompass various updates and clarifications throughout the document. Notable changes include revised definitions, alignment with legislation regarding My Health Record access, adjustments to policy recommendations, improved language for transparency, and links to authoritative external resources. These modifications aim to enhance the document’s accuracy, compliance, and user-friendliness while ensuring it reflects the latest guidelines and regulatory requirements. The change log between versions 1 and 2 can be found here.
Education and Awareness Sessions
ACIITC held online sessions to provide an overview of the My Health Record Guidelines for Residential Aged Care and outlining how the guidelines can be implemented into service to help achieve Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Recommendation 68. To access the webinars, visit ACIITC YouTube Channel.
These Guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency). The collaboration with the Agency has assisted in producing a document that can be used by the aged care sector to improve their understanding and use of My Health Record. ACIITC would also like to thank Allied Health Professionals Australia (AHPA), Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Australian Nursing Midwifery Foundation (ANMF) with their expertise in developing these Guidelines.