Hunt targets MHR pharmacy take-up
HEALTH Minister Greg Hunt says he expects up to 80% of Australian pharmacies to join the My Health Record platform by the end of the year, with the government keenly focused on enabling pharmacists as primary carers through the system.
He said My Health Record (MHR) had the potential to play a key role in increasing patient understanding of medications, improve compliance and avoid unnecessary hospitalisations.
Hunt appeared in a video to address the opening of the PSA18 conference in Sydney on Fri, and said he was thrilled to have developed the $600 million Pharmacy Trial Program through the Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Pharmacy Guild.
“This is helping patients, it’s helping the role of the pharmacist in primary care, and it’s helping the pharmacists themselves,” Hunt enthused.
The minister thanked the PSA for its ongoing cooperation as the government develops more trials, such as the Health Care Homes extension.
“We are increasing the role of pharmacy as being a front line in cooperation and collaboration with our GPs and allied healthcare professionals,” he said.