Shared Health Summary



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.

Shared Health Summary Diagram

Figure 1: high-level overview of clinical document delivery

These flows are described below:

  1. The nominated healthcare provider consults with a patient and writes a shared health summary in their local system.
  2. The authoring system converts the clinical information into a structured electronic document.
  3. 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:

Current Specifications: 

This product has been updated and can be downloaded from: Shared Health Summary v1.5.2

Supporting Specifications: 

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


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


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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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