Safety and Quality > Our Work > Safety in e-Health > My Health Record in Emergency Departments Project

The Australian Digital Health Agency in partnership with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has commenced a project to establish routine use of the My Health Record system by clinicians in hospital emergency departments.

A model will be developed based on the My Health Record participation trials conducted in the Primary Health Networks (PHNs) of Nepean Blue Mountains and Northern Queensland, where the vast bulk of the local population has a My Health Record. The Commission will work with hospitals within these PHNs to develop the model over the course of the project. This model will then be piloted in other hospitals in Australia.

The project will be led by a senior emergency department clinician and will be overseen by the Agency, the Commission, NSW Health and Queensland Health as well as consumer and clinical representatives. Stakeholders and consumers will also be consulted via roundtables, workshops and targeted interviews. The project is expected to take two years with an interim report due to the Agency in June 2018.

As part of this project, a literature review was conducted. The findings from this review address two principle research questions:

  • What are the benefits of using Electronic Health Records in hospital emergency departments?
  • What barriers and enablers affect the routine use of Electronic Health Records by clinicians in hospital emergency departments?

You can download the literature review and environmental scan here