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20 December  2017

Don’t leave home without your My Health Record this holiday season.

If you’re heading away this summer don’t forget to register for a My Health Record.
My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You control what goes into it, 
and who can access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, health care 
providers and hospitals.

Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, current conditions 
and treatments, medicine details, pathology or diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one
place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from
​anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.

18 year old Eloise Wiles wouldn’t travel without her My Health Record. The South Australian student is
at boarding school in Queensland and travelling home for the summer holidays. With her My Health Record
Eloise is assured that all her health information from her year away at school comes home with her.

“I broke my hand during a school rugby match in Queensland. My General Practitioner, GP, at the
Goyder’s Line Medical Practice in Jamestown had included my health information on my, My Health Record.
This made sure that I received the right care in hospital. The x-rays, hospital discharge summary and letter
from my specialist in Queensland will assist with my therapy now that I’m back at home,” said Eloise.
Eloise says the Digital Health Platform has been a valuable tool to support her time away at boarding school.
“Throughout the school year it’s comforting to know that I have a My Health Record. If anything happens while
I’m away without my parents, health care providers can access my health information and
make fully informed treatment decisions.”

Eloise’s GPs at the Goyder’s Line Medical Practice say they’re finding the My Health Record extremely
beneficial.
“It’s proving to be very helpful for people like Eloise who live away from home and for transient
populations,” said the Jamestown practice staff.

“We find the My Health Record is particularly beneficial for travelers. We have a lot of holiday makers
and grey nomads traveling through our region and we’ve been able to use the My Health Record to
provide the most appropriate treatment plan and allow them to continue on their way safely.”

Country SA PHN is responsible for informing regional and remote South Australians about My Health Record.

“We’re very pleased to be working with the Digital Health Agency on this revolutionary advance in
patient care,” said Country SA PHN, Chief Executive Officer, Kim Hosking.

“My Health Record allows for better patient outcomes, is more convenient and puts individuals in
control of their own health. It’s also invaluable in an emergency when health care providers can access a
patient’s health information quickly, reducing the likelihood of an adverse effect from accidental misdiagnosis.”

All Australians can now register for a My Health Record. Recent statistics indicate that 20 per cent of the
South Australian population now has one.

90% of country South Australian practices are now able to help you register your My Health Record and
upload a shared health summary. So, this summer you can be confident wherever you go your health
information will be there with you.

For more information or to register for a My Health Record go to: www.myhealthrecord.gov.au



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