A mobile app for pancreatic cancer patients, a data exchange to help beat diabetes, an online health education platform and a secure messaging solution to communicate between aged care homes and GPs are among 15 projects being given early access to existing My Health Records in a government backed \u2018test beds\u2019 program.\nThe projects are being run by universities, patient advocacy groups, health tech firms and hospitals between them sharing $8.5 million in funding.\n \nAs of last month 5.89 million Australians have registered for a My Health Record, as well as 12,763 healthcare organisations including general practices, hospitals, pharmacies and aged care services. More than 20 million prescription and dispense records have been uploaded. Only consenting My Health Record holders will participate in the trials.\n \nThe aim of the initiative is for proposed uses of the My Health Records to be \u201crigorously reviewed and then scaled nationally\u201d.\n \nIn one trial Eastern Health in Melbourne, Monash University, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Deakin University and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia will develop a program to increase the engagement between discharged patients and their community pharmacist and use My Health Record data to \u201chelp patients with their medicines in the transition from hospital to home\u201d.\n \nMore than 290 community pharmacies and 5,000 patients will be involved.\n \n\u201cWe know when patients leave hospital on new medications they can find it confusing knowing how much to take and when. Every year almost a quarter of a million Australians will be hospitalised from medication errors, which is more than the number hospitalised from car accidents,\u201d a spokesperson for the Australian Digital Health Agency, the system operator ofMy Health Record, said.\n \n\u201cThis program aims to reduce unplanned and early readmission to hospital due to medication errors while utilising evidence based research,\u201d they added.\n \nAvoiding medication errors and adverse reactions, is also a focus of the government backed Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre (CRC)which launched in April.\n \nIn another \u2018test bed\u2019 trial, Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network is partnering with the University of Queensland and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service to use the My Health Record to develop a coordinated information transfer and patient journey for prisoners released from incarceration. The aim is to ensure former prisoners can maintain and continue their access to healthcare when back in the community.\n44 actions by 2022\n \nThe government today released its National Digital Health Strategy and an accompanying implementation plan Framework for Action.\n \nThe framework outlines 44 activities prioritised for delivery by 2022, covering My Health Record, secure messaging of health information, improving the quality of health data, improving access to medicines information, enhancing models of care, educating healthcare providers on using digital health technologiesand \u2018driving innovation\u2019.\n \nThe top priority for the Australian Digital Health Agency is to ensure the widespread adoption of My Health Record.\n \nAustralians will have three months from mid-July to opt out of having a My Health Record automatically created for them. After the opt-out deadline has passed the record cannot be deleted, only made \u201cunavailable\u201d to health providers and individuals, the Department of Healthrevealed last year.\n \nThe decision to shift to an opt-out model in order to boost uptake of the eHealth recordfollowed trials in Queensland and New South Wales. Those trials were staged in the wake of a 2013 review of the system \u2013 originally named the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) \u2013 that concludedthe system should shift to an opt-out approach.\n \nThe 2017-18 federal budgetearmarked $374.2million over two yearsfor the expansion of the system as it moved away from opt-in.\n \n\u201cMy Health Record will help save and protect lives, and it will offer increasing clinical utility in our health system in the future,\u201d said Minister for Health Greg Hunt in a statement today.