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The aim of an event summary is to add significant health care information to an individual’s electronic health record, at the discretion of the clinician and with the consent of the individual. The information may be used by the nominated primary provider to update their local record and the individual’s shared health summary.

Event summary in the Australian context

An event summary is used to capture key health information about significant healthcare events that are relevant to the ongoing care of an individual. Event summaries can be submitted to the My Health Record system by any participating organisation.

Context in digital health

The scope of the event summary addresses the needs of GPs but is a generic event summary. Events and information from other healthcare providers is envisaged for the future.

Figure 1: High level overview of clinical document delivery

These flows are described below:

Common - Clinical Documents Delivery

  1. The nominated healthcare provider consults with a patient and writes an event summary in their local system
  2. The authoring system converts the clinical information into a structured electronic document
  3. Other healthcare providers, usually the patients’ primary healthcare providers, can view the event summary by downloading it from the My Health Record system

Current Specifications

Supporting specifications


April, 2015
Updates are aimed at addressing issues identified during the implementation of event summary specifications, clarifying existing requirements, improving interoperability, clinical safety and privacy through additional requirements. Additional updates were made including supporting v3 of the Australian Medicines Terminology (AMT) document and aligning clinical modelling and CDA® mapping with other document types.
December, 2014
This incremental release introduces an updated version of the event summary, PCEHR Conformance Profile for event summary documents and usability recommendations. It also provides a defect fix for the template package library.
August, 2014
Introduces the template package library as a new product component.
May, 2014
This new product component contains implementation guidance in the form of usability recommendations. This format makes it easy for implementers to assess whether their software conforms to the guidance.
October, 2013
This release of the event summary end product introduces updates to the PCEHR Conformance Profile for event summary documents.