Electronic pathology, which is also known as eRequesting or eOrdering, is the safe and secure exchange of pathology information between the requesting clinical software and the nominated pathology laboratory information system.

An eRequest is completed in the practice clinical software, which is then electronically transmitted to the nominated pathology laboratory. A printed copy is provided to the patient. Some pathology laboratories are enabled to allow requests to be sent via SMS directly to the patients phone.

eRequesting is required for uploading pathology results to the My Health Record. By actively eRequesting via eligible laboratories, results can be shared directly with My Health Record by labs and viewed immediately by the health provider.

How electronic requesting works

A paper request is also printed for the patient if they wish to use a different lab.
eRequesting may already be implemented at your practice if barcodes are being printed on your pathology request forms. (Click on the image to enlarge).



Important updates

  • Clinical Labs announce they are able to email pathology forms to patients as part of the ePatholgy process via clinical software: At this stage, only available for Medical Director Clinical 3.18 and above.
  • Barrett & Smith (Douglass Hanly Moir) Pathology continue to SMS patients with requests once received from enabled practices.

Webinars and online training courses

The Australian Digital Health Agency offers numerous educational opportunities for a range of professions including community pharmacy and general practice staff. To access, click here.

How we can help

We have resources to assist health care providers to self-connect to ePathology and are happy to answer any questions. Email digitalhealth@murrayphn.org.au for support.

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Page last updated 11 January 2023