My Health Record (an Australian Government – Department of Health initiative) is a secure online summary of your health and information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and healthcare providers.
My Health Record is the new name of the national digital health record system. Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like an accident or emergency.
As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. This will result in better, faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
1. Better Access:
Your important healthcare information will be available in one place online that is easily accessible by your authorised doctors, specialists, or hospitals.
Even if you move or travel interstate, the information can be viewed securely online, anywhere, any time.
If you want, you can access your health information from any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. You control who can see it. Once it’s set up you don’t need to do anything.
2. Improved Safety:
In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see your health information to provide you the best possible care quickly.
If you want, you can list any allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions you may have to help healthcare providers give you better advice and treatment.
3. More Convenient:
You won’t need to worry about having to remember and repeat your health history like medicines, details of chronic conditions, and dates of recent tests with different or new healthcare providers.
The same goes for your children’s health history, for example their immunisations and medical tests.
4. Strong Security:
If you choose to you can control who sees what information in your My Health Record.
There are strict rules and regulations on who can see or use your My Health Record to protect your health information from misuse or loss. There are penalties for anyone who breaks these.
5. Privacy Matters:
We respect your privacy.
To create a My Health Record, information about you and your children will be collected from Medicare and some other government bodies including your name, date of birth, and Medicare records from the last two years.
Registered healthcare provider organisations such as general practices and hospitals will be able to access your My Health Record when providing healthcare to you.
If you don't have a My Health Record and don't want one created for you, you will need to opt out during the three-month period 16 July to 15th October 2018.
Please contact the My Health Record Help Line on 1800 723 471 or visit the website.