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Recommendations for enhancing the implementation and utility of shared digital health records in rural Australian communities

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Almond, HM ORCID: 0000-0001-8918-7091, Cummings, E ORCID: 0000-0001-6501-7450 and Turner, P ORCID: 0000-0003-4504-2338 2018 , 'Recommendations for enhancing the implementation and utility of shared digital health records in rural Australian communities' , Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 252 , pp. 15-20 , doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-890-7-15.

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Abstract

Internationally, shared digital health records are becoming an important addition to improving contemporary healthcare provision. In 2012, Australia launched its version of a shared digital health record, My Health Record, but enrolment is slow and there remain challenges in its practical implementation. Further, people living with complex and chronic conditions in rural and remote communities often experience challenges in obtaining equitable access to contemporary healthcare provision, including eHealth services. This paper reports on research that explored the experience of and engagement with My Health Record, in a rural Australian community setting. Based on the key research findings, recommendations are presented for improving national roll out of My Health Record. The findings highlight, to understand and engage vulnerable communities and support their adoption and use of shared digital health records, there is a need to move away from traditional models of healthcare delivery toward person-centred care delivered from a digital complex adaptive systems perspective.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Almond, HM and Cummings, E and Turner, P
Keywords: shared digital health records, My Health Record, complex chronic conditions
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publisher: IOS Press
ISSN: 0926-9630
DOI / ID Number: 10.3233/978-1-61499-890-7-15
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