Many of you will have heard about My Health Record, but perhaps not so many of you will know exactly what it can do to improve your healthcare.
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. When you have a Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you see several different healthcare providers, move to a new house, or travel interstate.
Your doctor can access the most important information about your health history, medications and your Advance Health Directive, if you have one, when they need to. When you are in an emergency, this information can literally save your life.
Silver Chain’s Integrum Aged Care Medical Director Dr Daryl Kroschel said My Health Record has been a real game changer in terms of providing a complete view of what’s happening with other healthcare providers and our clients.
It’s your choice what information is in your My Health Record, and who you share it with. You can advise your doctor not to upload any information about sensitive clinical conditions. You can also choose to hide, or restrict access to clinical documents by logging into your My Health Record and setting privacy controls.
Only the healthcare providers directly involved in your care, and who are registered with the My Health Record System Operator are allowed by law to access your My Health Record.
This may include GPs, pharmacists, pathology collection centres, hospitals, specialists, and allied health professionals such as podiatrists and physiotherapists.
You can allow others, such as a partner, child, or carer to access your My Health Record by making them an authorised representative, or a nominated representative.
The My Health Record System was designed to have the highest level of security and privacy to protect your health information. Government departments, insurance companies and employers cannot access the My Health Record system and patients’ data cannot be sold.
If you want to attend a My Health Record information session, there may well be one running in your area.
If you want more information or do not want a My Health Record, you can opt out by visiting My Health Record or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone-based assistance.
Additional support is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from non-English speaking backgrounds, people with limited digital literacy, and those living in rural and remote regions.