What is My Health Record?
My Health Record is an online summary of your health information. You control what goes into your record, and who is allowed to access it. Share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, any time.
Healthcare providers such as GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents about your health to your record. This includes:
- An overview of your health uploaded by your doctor, called a Shared Health Summary. This is a useful reference for new doctors or other healthcare providers that you visit
- Hospital discharge summaries
- Reports from test and scans, like blood tests
- Medications that your doctor has prescribed to you
- Referral letters from your doctors
Having a My Health Record means your important health information including allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.
Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record, and you will have a choice to opt-out or opt back in, at any time.
As more people and their healthcare providers use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. This will result in faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
More information about My Health Record can be found at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au
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My Health Record Expansion Program
The Federal Government announced in the 2017 Budget a commitment to continue to expand the My Health Record system. By early 2019, every Australian will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.
Through the My Health Record system you will access timely information about your patients such as shared health summaries, discharge summaries, prescription and dispense records, pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports
Positive behaviour change as a result of My Health Record is what drives benefits realisation. The Australian Digital Health Agency is working closely with a range of stakeholders to implement a range of programs to support these changes and to measure benefits of the My Health Record system.
The key benefits of the My Health Record system are:
- Avoid adverse drug events
- Enhanced patient self-management
- Improvements in patient outcomes
- Reduce time gathering information
- Avoided duplication of services.
The My Health Record website has information for healthcare professionals on how to register and set-up your practice to the system, how to view and upload information, how to support consumers with questions about privacy and security and a range of tools and training modules. Please visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au to learn more.