This year, every individual with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card will get a My Health Record unless they tell the Government they don’t want one.
The three month opt-out period is being held from 16 July - 15 October. During this time, it is likely that your patients may come to you for information and advice about My Health Record.
To assist you with supporting your patients to understand the benefits of My Health Record and the options available to them, in the coming weeks your Practice will receive a consumer toolkit from the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA).
Included in this kit will be a range of tools you can use to help promote My Health Record and provide information to your patients such as:
- fact sheets
These materials are only to be displayed from 16 July 2018. The toolkit will be addressed to the practice manager and will include a cover letter.
The toolkit aims to provide you with the information and resources you need to assist you in answering your patients’ enquiries, including discussion of benefits such as:
- In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see their patient’s health information such as allergies, medicines and immunisations. This helps provide them with the best possible treatment and care.
- When a healthcare provider uses a patient’s My Health Record, it means they don’t need to remember and repeat their medical story, such as their prescriptions or the names of tests they’ve had.
- My Health Record helps a patient to keep track of their child’s health, immunisations and any medical tests.
A member of our Digital Health team will contact practices from early July, either by phone or email, to ensure you have received your toolkit.
In the meantime, if your practice needs support to get ready for the My Health Record expansion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org