Hauraki PHO first launched the Shared Electronic Health Record (SEHR) initiative in December 2016. This programme enables a secure electronic summary of patients health information from their general practice to be shared with other health professionals who are directly involved in their care.
The SEHR allows authorised health care professionals including after hours general practices, hospital and emergency department doctors and nurses, access to a summary of information from the patient’s usual doctor, should they need to visit them for care.
Information that will be available includes:
Health professionals will have access to up to date records to help them to provide safe care at any time even if when the patient’s medical practice is closed. Information is stored securely and all access to a patient’s health information is recorded and checked regularly. The SEHR has been in use in the Waikato for some time. There are very strict privacy rules in place to ensure access is strictly limited to health professionals that are directly involved in a patient’s care.
It is important to note that patients are entitled to ‘withhold’ parts of their medical record if they wish and/or opt off this programme entirely. Opt off forms are available at each Hauraki PHO general practice.
SEHR FAQ's FOR PRACTICES:
PRIVACY IMPACT ASSESSMENT: