Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:05

Nurses to benefit from new online My Health Record training

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The Australian Digital Health Agency, in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing, is rolling out new e-learning modules on My Health Record to enhance nurses’ training.

The Agency says it has partnered with the ACN to develop the training, ensuring all materials are tailored to the nursing role. The training is accredited by the ACN and will count towards a nurse’s continued professional development.

According to the Agency, Australians will benefit from the rollout with improved patient safety through better documentation and continuum of care – and the new e-learning modules will ensure nurses are supported to confidently use My Health Record to improve documentation and consistency in data.

Dr Helen Almond, Specialist General Practice Nurse and lecturer in Digital Health, said the new e-learning module was the latest in a series of initiatives conducted by the Agency and the ACN to ensure nurses were intrinsic in the use of My Health Record.

“Nurses make up the largest number of healthcare professionals in Australia, it is therefore essential they have access to training that will support them to use the system with confidence and competence. These modules do exactly that.

“My Health Record is another tool we can add to our armoury to improve patient safety, improve efficiencies within our role and allow us to spend more time caring for our patients,” Dr Almond said.

Earlier collaborations between the two organisations have included My Health Record Nurse Champions who were tasked with helping to support the broader nursing profession to use My Health Record in their everyday practice.

Adjunct Associate Professor Naomi Dobroff is the chair of ACN’s Nursing Informatics Community of Interest, and said, “As the frontline of the healthcare system, nurses will be the first point of contact for patients when discussing their options in using electronic health records.

“These new e-learning modules will ensure nurses are kept informed and equipped with the latest updates for best practice when using the My Health Record system.”

The Australian Digital Health Agency Work says work is underway to develop a Workforce and Education Roadmap that will support nurses and other healthcare professionals confidently using digital health technology to deliver health and care.

Professor Meredith Makeham, chief medical adviser, Australian Digital Health Agency, said: “Empowering healthcare professionals to confidently use My Health Record in their daily practice is a priority for the Agency. A healthcare workforce fully trained on My Health Record will ensure a safer and more sustainable health system for all Australians across the country.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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