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Recommendations for enhancing the implementation and utility of shared digital health records in rural Australian communities


Almond, H and Cummings, E and Turner, P, Recommendations for enhancing the implementation and utility of shared digital health records in rural Australian communities, Connecting the System to Enhance the Practitioner and Consumer Experience in Healthcare: Selected Papers from the 26th Australian National Health Informatics Conference, 29 July - 1 August 2018, Sydney, pp. 15-20. ISSN 0926-9630 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-890-7-15


Internationally, shared digital health records are becoming an important addition to improving contemporary healthcare provision. In 2012, Australia launched its version of a shared digital health record, My Health Record, but enrolment is slow and there remain challenges in its practical implementation. Further, people living with complex and chronic conditions in rural and remote communities often experience challenges in obtaining equitable access to contemporary healthcare provision, including eHealth services. This paper reports on research that explored the experience of and engagement with My Health Record, in a rural Australian community setting. Based on the key research findings, recommendations are presented for improving national roll out of My Health Record. The findings highlight, to understand and engage vulnerable communities and support their adoption and use of shared digital health records, there is a need to move away from traditional models of healthcare delivery toward person-centred care delivered from a digital complex adaptive systems perspective.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:shared digital health records, My Health Record, complex chronic conditions
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Almond, H (Dr Helen Almond)
UTAS Author:Cummings, E (Associate Professor Liz Cummings)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:136479
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2019-12-23
Last Modified:2022-01-30
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