Media release: To InfinityPATH and beyond for My Health Record
Pathology reports are a vital tool to help identify the nature and causes of disease. They underpin every aspect of medicine from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to blood transfusion technologies.
Australian health outcomes will be improved following Queensland based specialist surgical pathology lab InfinityPATH’s announcement that it is now uploading pathology reports to My Health Record.
Today’s announcement follows Primary Health Care, Australian Clinical Labs, Sonic Healthcare, and eight other software vendors and pathology labs recently signing agreements with the Australian Digital Health Agency to send pathology reports to the My Health Record.
InfinityPATH Founder and Managing Director Mitchell Wan said that the company is an independent pathology laboratory with a focus on patient care.
"InfinityPATH's passion in IT innovation is only overtaken by our desire to enhance the continuity of patient care. We are proud to be one of the first diagnostic organisations to build a direct integration with the My Health Record system.
“The company’s 85 strong team has a passion for delivering surgical pathology services, and services metropolitan and regional general practitioners and specialists in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Western Australia.” Mr Wan said.
Fellow InfinityPATH Director Dr Robert Pennisi agreed.
"Information is the lifeblood of medicine and health information technology is its circulatory system. Our team has collaborated with the Australian Digital Health Agency to help improve health outcomes and to support of national digital health initiatives,” Dr Pennisi said.
Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) President Associate Professor Bruce Latham said that access to pathology reports by consumers and clinicians via the My Health Record is an important step forward.
“Australian pathology providers are world leaders in science and information technology and are proud to support the community and promote the appropriate use of pathology testing,” Associate Professor Latham said.
Agency CEO Tim Kelsey welcomed InfinityPATH connection to My Health Record and said that more pathology laboratories are expected to connect to the system over coming months.
“InfinityPATH has been fast out of the blocks. Their can do approach means that literally thousands of patients will be able to share their specialist surgical pathology results with their GP, hospitals and other clinicians involved in their care,” Mr Kelsey said.
David Cooper, Senior Media Manager
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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 implementing Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy – Safe, Seamless, and Secure in collaboration with partners across the community. The Agency is the System Operator of the My Health Record, and provides leadership, coordination, and delivery of a collaborative and innovative approach to utilising technology to support and enhance a clinically safe and connected national health system. These improvements will give individuals more control of their health and their health information, and support healthcare professionals to provide informed healthcare through access to current clinical and treatment information. Further information: www.digitalhealth.gov.au
About InfinityPATH InfinityPATH is a Brisbane based company with a passion for delivering surgical pathology services and a focus on patient care. The company services clients in both metropolitan and regional areas all over Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia. Further information: www.infinitypath.com.au
About the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia The RCPA is the leading organisation representing pathologists and senior scientists in Australasia. Its mission is to train and support pathologists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare. Pathology is the study of the causes of disease and pathologists are the specialist medical doctors involved in the diagnosis and monitoring almost of all acute and chronic illnesses.
The College was first established in 1956 and has been responsible for the training and professional development of Pathologists since that time and more recently Senior Scientists. College members come from across Australasia including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. The RCPA is also responsible for the promotion of the science and practice of pathology. Further information: www.rcpa.edu.au