GPs: Install the latest version of clinical information system (CIS) to get the most of out of My Health Record

Dr John Aloizos AM shares his views on how digital health benefits him as a GP, plus how important it is to ensure clinical information systems (CIS) are updated to get the most out of My Health Record.

As a GP, I often find myself in conversation with colleagues who are in general practice about My Health Record and initiatives that the Australian Digital Health Agency is leading to connect other parts of the sector in the lead up to national opt-out.

One of the frequent comments I hear is:

I’ve tried using the My Health Record in my CIS but it’s too cumbersome to locate useful information. We were told usability improvements had been made – but I’m not seeing them! When will the My Health Record be fixed? When will the usability issues be fixed?’

In response, my question is: ‘When did you last upgrade your practice CIS?’

It’s true that a few years ago it was much harder to find useful information and uploading documents to the system involved a lot of extra steps. However, the Clinical Usability Program and the work of the Australian Digital Health Agency in partnership with the Colleges and software industry has resulted in a far better product – and it improves with every release.

Read Dr John Aloizos' full post at Digital Health Space.