Chemist Warehouse and Corum connecting to My Health Record

Every Australian with a My Health Record will be able to walk into a community pharmacy and have their Pharmacist upload important medicines information into their secure My Health Record to improve their health care.

Chemist Warehouse, representing 30 per cent of the community pharmacy market, and Corum representing 1,000 pharmacies, today announced their upcoming connection to My Health Record system in 2018. Every community pharmacy software vendor has now signed up to the Community Pharmacy Software Industry Partnership to connect to the My Health Record system.

Chemist Warehouse Managing Partner and Director Mark Finocchiaro said the company sees great potential to improve the health of Australians through technologies such as My Health Record.

“My Health Record will enable our health professionals to make informed decisions through improved access to relevant and timely health information, assisting our patients to enjoy better health outcomes, and allowing our pharmacies to offer new and innovative services,” Mr Finocchiaro said.

Corum Group CEO David Clarke said that content and accessibility are the first steps to realising the potential of My Health Record.

“At Corum we are determined to take a leading role in the connected, integrated world of digital health for the benefit of our customers, and the millions of Australians who value their expertise.

“For My Health Record to succeed, the health software industry needs to support the concept, build the enabling infrastructure, and advocate its use and adoption. We are encouraged with the Australian Digital Health Agency’s collaborative approach and that the pharmacy sector has embraced this initiative,” Mr Clarke said.

Connection to My Health Record is an important step to enabling pharmacists to play a more integrated role in medications management and coordinated care. Pharmacists can have timely information on a person’s current medications, whether dispensed at hospital discharge, or through any community pharmacy in the country.

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) National President Shane Jackson said My Health Record is a game changer in the clinical care delivered by pharmacists.

“The connection of Chemist Warehouse and Corum to My Health Record will increase the amount of valuable information that health practitioners can access in order to provide clinical and timely care for their patients,” Dr Jackson said.

Chemist Warehouse and Corum will join Minfos, POS Works, and RxOne who recently connected with My Health Record, while Fred IT integrated its Fred Dispense product in 2013. Other software providers are well advanced in their development work and are expected to integrate with My Health Record system in the near future.

“Today’s announcement is a big step forward in realising the Agency’s vision of comprehensive medicines information in My Health Record, which will in turn provide improved health benefits for all Australians,” Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said.

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About the Australian Digital Health Agency

The Agency is tasked with improving health outcomes for all Australians through the delivery of digital healthcare systems and the National Digital Health Strategy. The Agency was established on 1 July 2016 by the Australian Government as a statutory authority in the form of a corporate Commonwealth entity, and reports to all Australian governments through the COAG Health Council.
www.digitalhealth.gov.au

About Chemist Warehouse

The Chemist Warehouse is Australia’s largest retail pharmacy group with 400 stores across Australia that see more than 2 million customers per week. As one of Australia’s largest retailers, one in four Australians visits a Chemist Warehouse store every month. Dedicated to reducing the cost of healthcare, Chemist Warehouse’s aim is to deliver wellness to all Australians so they can live, look and feel well in all they do.
www.chemistwarehouse.com.au

About Corum Group

Corum Group is one of Australia's leading providers of software solutions to community pharmacies and pharmacy groups. Dedicated to the success of community pharmacy and the care of their patients, Corum’s point of sale, dispense, head office, and associated software systems are in use by thousands of pharmacies across Australia, underpinning their businesses and supporting the health care of millions of Australians.
www.corumhealth.com.au