What is eHealth?
the term digital health/ eHealth refers to any form of healthcare provision delivered
via electronic means. This may include electronic health records, electronic
referrals, secure messaging between providers, and telehealth/ telemedicine.
The use of electronic health records may also be referred using the digital health/ eHealth terminology which has recently been branded “My Health Record” by the Australian Government.
My Health Record
My Health Record Expansion Program
The Australian Government has legislated that a My Health Record will be created for all Medicare and Department of Veterans’ Affairs card holders in Australia by the end of 2018, unless they choose not to have one.
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. More than 1 in 5 Australians already have one. Over time, My Health Record will bring together health information such as medical conditions, medicines, allergies and test results in one place.
If you are happy for a My Health Record to be created for you by the end of 2018, you don’t need to do anything.
If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, or about how to inform the government that you don’t want a My Health Record, visit myhealthrecord.gov.au
There will be a three month period commencing 16 July 2018 when you can inform the Government of your choice to opt out of the My Health Record system. This period has not yet started. If you would like to register for when it does commence, please visit myhealthrecord.gov.au.
My Health Record is a secure repository of healthcare information uploaded by practitioners that contains information about your patients. This may include information that you do not already have about your patients such as medication history (prescribing as well as dispensing), allergy information, adverse drug reactions, and discharge summaries.
Having access to this information may lead to improved clinical decisions, fewer adverse events for your patients, less avoidable hospital admissions, and better health outcomes. My Health Record does not replace your local clinical records. It can be particularly valuable when treating patients who see a range of healthcare providers because they have complex health conditions, as well as patients who don’t have a regular doctor or who travel to receive healthcare services.