My Health Record

All you need to know

 

 
Quick Facts


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 in an accident or emergency.

As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia's national health system will become better connected.  This will results in better faster and more efficient care for you and your family.

Over 2.6 million Australians already have a My Health Record (once called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record or PCEHR).  Nearly 2,000 Australians are signing up everyday.

My Health Record is protected and regulated by law, just like online banking.
 

Benefits of having a My Health Record
 

Your important healthcare information can 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.

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.

We respect your privacy.

To create a My Health Record, we will collect information about you and your children 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.  You can set access controls to restrict which healthcare providers can see your health information.

We don’t disclose your information to anyone else, unless required or permitted by law.

More information can be found at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/privacy.

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.

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.

 

What is included in your My Health Record?


Your My Health Record could contain:
  Medicines you are taking prescribed by your doctor
  Your Medicare claims history
  Your organ donation decision

Your doctors and other healthcare providers may be able to see and add information to your My Health Record, including:
  A summary of your medical history, conditions and treatments
  Hospital discharge information
  Diagnostic imaging reports (like ultrasound or x-ray results)
  Pathology reports* (like blood tests)
  Specialist letters

You can add:
  Any allergies and adverse reactions you may have
  Emergency contacts and their details
  Your personal health notes
  Your advance care planning information (this records your wishes about your healthcare in the event that you are too unwell to
       communicate)
  Other medicines or vitamins you might be taking, like over-the-counter medicines

You can also customise access to your My Health Record by setting access controls including restricting who can see your information, or cancel your record, at any time.

* functionality coming soon
 

 

Click here to view the My Health Record - All you need to know brochure.

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