My Health Record won’t replace the existing records with your doctor, but will allow for more information to be added and accessed, for example, for medical consultations, for blood tests and x-ray reports, and as prescriptions are filled. Your doctors will still store notes in their local systems.
Some of the Benefits of having a My Health Record include:
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 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 like 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.
The information stored on My Health Record can include:
Clinical documents about your health – added by healthcare providers including:
Personal health notes written by you or an authorised representative including:
Please speak to your doctor to upload a summary of your health information to your My Health Record.