My Health Record: Never repeat your health history again
As we get older, most of us require assistance from more than one health provider. You might find yourself re-telling your story every time you visit a new specialist or practitioner.
You try hard to remember the names of different medications and allergies, the last time you had a pathology test or scan and the dates of your last operation – sound familiar?
Soon, this will be a distant memory as, by the end of 2018, every Australian will have a digital My Health Record, unless they actively choose not to.
Having a My Health Record means that a summary of a person’s important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medication details, pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally and securely stored in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists, allied health providers and pharmacists can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.
My Health Record will result in faster and more efficient care for all Australians and puts you as the patient in control of your record. You can create your own record online today by following the easy steps at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.