The aim of a shared health summary is to provide key pieces of information about an individual’s health status, facilitating care across their entire healthcare domain.
Shared health summary in the Australian context
Nominated healthcare providers author a shared health summary during or soon after a consultation with a patient. It might contain information about allergies and adverse reactions, past medical history and or immunisation information.
The shared health summary is uploaded to the My Health Record system for viewing by participating practitioners who are providing ongoing care for that patient.
A shared health summary is a key piece of information for populating an individual’s consolidated view in the My Health Record system and must be supplied as a structured clinical document.
Figure 1: high-level overview of clinical document delivery
These flows are described below:
- The nominated healthcare provider consults with a patient and writes a shared health summary in their local system.
- The authoring system converts the clinical information into a structured electronic document.
- Other healthcare providers, responsible for the ongoing care of the same patient, can view the shared health summary by downloading it from the My Health Record system.
The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following specifications that apply to the shared health summary:
Specifications, guidance and associated collateral applicable to all types of clinical documents.