Event Summary



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.

The My Health Record system supports the collection of eReferral documents. When a healthcare provider creates an eReferral document it will be sent directly to the referee, as per current practices. A copy may also be sent to the individual’s digital health record.

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

The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following specifications that apply to the event summary described above:

Current Specifications: 

Event Summary documents are used to capture key health information about significant healthcare events that are relevant to the ongoing care of an individual.

Event Summary documents can be submitted to an individual’s digital health record by any participating organisation.

Supporting Specifications: 

Specifications, guidance and associated collateral applicable to all types of clinical documents.


Overviews, guides and conformance material relating to the My Health Record system.


The supporting documents on this page provide background and guidance for healthcare provider organisations, and conformance, compliance and accreditation requirements for vendors.


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By operation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016, on 1 July 2016, all the assets and liabilities of NEHTA will vest in the Australian Digital Health Agency. In this website, on and from 1 July 2016, all references to "National E-Health Transition Authority" or "NEHTA" will be deemed to be references to the Australian Digital Health Agency. PCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth), formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth).

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