Patients in New South Wales will now be able to view their pathology results through their My Health Record.
Pathology Steering Group Consumer Co-Chair, Matthew Ames welcomed the development.
"Consumers will greatly benefit from having easy access to pathology results in their My Health Record. I have experienced first-hand the difficulties with managing my health information as the amount of information can be overwhelming. Having this information in one place will be a great help in helping me keep track of all the tests I've had,” said Mr Ames.
The Digital Health Agency Chief Executive, Tim Kelsey said the more information in the My Health Record, the more valuable it is to patients and healthcare providers.
"Australians want to be more informed and involved with their own healthcare and learn how to prevent illness and improve wellbeing. Clinicians and carers want to be able to securely share information so they can provide safe, high quality services that are better co-ordinated around a person's needs. Over 4.7 million Australians have a My Health Record and can access their important health information such as allergies, immunisations, medications, and now pathology results," said Mr Kelsey.
Pathology tests carried out at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and The Children's Hospital at Randwick will be the first to be shared with patients signed up to My Health Record.
Patients will be able to view their pathology results through the My Health Record consumer portal and mobile applications seven days after the laboratory has posted the results.
Other locations in NSW will be progressively going live over the coming months with work also beginning in the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland.