The Australian Digital Health Agency chose Chamonix IT Management Consulting, a consultant based in Adelaide, to develop a consumer mobile application that integrates with My Health Record.
According to a statement, the first version of the app will be a read-only interface to the National Digital Health Records Platform and will later include a download feature and other enhancements. Chamonix, which won the A $ 2.1 million ($ 1.5 million) contract through a tender process, is expected to develop the app by early next year.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
Over the past year, ADHA has seen a more than 500% increase in the number of views of pathology reports on My Health Record by consumers, according to ADHA Digital Director Steve Issa. Consumers access their health records on desktop computers and in view of this increase in demand, ADHA is offering a mobile solution to facilitate access to health information.
THE BIGGEST TREND
Previously, the agency had deployed a mobile version of the Healthcare Information Provider Service (HIPS Mobile) that allows clinicians in hospitals to view their patients’ health records on smartphones and tablets. The app was introduced to support the increased use of My Health Record among healthcare providers; Pathology report downloads have increased more than twice in the past 12 months, Issa noted.
In July, ADHA awarded a contract to Deloitte for the construction of a single, consolidated building API gateway that will allow it to deploy and manage more repositories of health information and health data exchanges, as well as support the integration of health data from multiple sources into information systems clinical.
ON THE RECORD
“The agency’s vision is that healthcare providers and consumers have access to the same health information regardless of the type of device or channel they use to access it. This omnichannel strategy allows the only national electronic health record, allowing access to health information when needed, ”Issa said.