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My Health Record – a potential life saver

Christine Bain – My Health Record's picture
Wed, 2018-09-19 11:29 -- Christine Bain ...

For people with epilepsy, My Health Record can provide an important safeguard, with their key health information including allergies, chronic conditions, medications and test results available securely online for treating health professionals to access, which is particularly important in an emergency situation.

By the end of this year, all Australians will have a My Health Record created for them, unless they choose to opt out by 15 November 2018.
Dr Steve Hambleton, Deputy Chairman of the My Health Record Steering Committee and former AMA President, said having a record will provide important health information which could be potentially life-saving.  
“Australia’s doctors are currently hampered by a lack of patient information, especially at the time when they need it most. That’s where having a My Health Record can make such a difference.”
More than six million Australians already have a My Health Record which places Australians in control of their own healthcare and, where permitted by the individual, gives healthcare providers secure digital access to key health information at the point of care.
Benefits include reduced hospital admissions, reduced duplication of tests, better coordination of care for people with chronic and complex conditions, and more informed treatment decisions.
Some key things to remember about My Health Record
  • Your record can contain a summary of information such as medications, medical conditions, pathology and medical imaging results, immunisations, hospital, specialist, GP and allied health visits.
  • Because healthcare providers have better access to your clinical information, they have a more detailed picture to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment.
  • In emergency situations, treating doctors have been able to use My Health Record to provide the appropriate treatment quickly.
  • Your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time, even if you move or travel interstate. 
  • You don’t need to remember the dates of medical visits, tests, medicine names or dosages.
  • It’s your record and you can determine what information it contains and set controls on who can view it. You can also ask your doctor that some information not be uploaded to your record.
  • Only health professionals involved in your care are authorised to access your record. Heavy penalties apply for inappropriate use. 
  • Security is a key design element of the My Health Record system, which adheres to high level Australian Government security requirements. 
For more information or instructions on how to opt out visit: or call the help line on 1800 723 471.