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My Health Record

My Health Record is an online summary of a person’s significant health information. You control what goes into your record, and who is allowed to access it. It enables you to share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, any time.

Healthcare providers such as GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents about your health to your record. This includes:

  • an overview of your health uploaded by your doctor, called a Shared Health Summary. This is a useful reference for new doctors or other healthcare providers that you visit
  • hospital discharge summaries
  • reports from test and scans, like blood tests
  • medications that your doctor has prescribed to you
  • referral letters from your doctors.

Every Australian will be given one by the end of 2018, unless they choose to opt out.

How will I benefit from having a My Health Record?

  • your important healthcare information will be available in one place online, easily accessible by your authorised doctors, specialists or hospitals
  • in a medical emergency, healthcare providers can see your health information to provide you the best possible care quickly
  • you won’t need to worry about having to remember and repeat your or your child’s health history with different or new healthcare providers
  • you can control who sees what information in your My Health Record
  • your privacy will be respected
  • you can view your information securely online if you’re travelling, or have moved interstate.

What is Primary Health Tasmania’s role in the My Health Record expansion?

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across the country are supporting the community as well as healthcare providers including general practice, pharmacists, specialist and allied health professionals by raising awareness about the national expansion.

How do I register for a My Health Record?

You can register for a My Health Record online at any time. You can also register in writing, by phone (1800 723 471) or in person.

If you decide that you don’t want a My Health Record created on your behalf, you will have the opportunity opt out between 16 July to 15 October 2018. It’s not possible to opt out of having a My Health Record before this period starts on 16 July.

How do I access My Health Record?

You can access your My Health Record from any compatible computer or mobile device with an internet connection, as well as using authorised mobile apps.

Who else can access the information in My Health Record?

Only authorised healthcare providers involved with your care have access to your My Health Record.

You can choose to enable extra restrictions in your record, including which healthcare providers can access your record and flag certain documents as ‘limited access’ to control who can view them.

My Health Record also keeps a log of every access to your record, which you can view any time.

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My Health Record

My Health Record is a secure online summary of a person’s significant health information.

The Australian Government has committed to expanding the My Health Record system and by the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.

What are the benefits to providers?

Through the My Health Record system you will access timely information about your patients such as shared health summaries, discharge summaries, prescription and dispense records, pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports.

The key benefits of the My Health Record system are:

  • Avoid adverse drug events
  • Enhanced patient self-management
  • Improvements in patient outcomes
  • Reduce time gathering information
  • Avoided duplication of services.

What type of information can it contain?

My Health Record can contain clinical, Medicare and personal information, such as:

  • shared health summary
  • event summaries
  • hospital discharge summaries
  • specialist letters
  • eReferral letters
  • prescription and dispensing information
  • patient-entered personal health summaries
  • health notes entered by the patient
  • advanced care planning documents.

What is Primary Health Tasmania’s role in the My Health Record expansion?

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) across the country are supporting healthcare providers including general practice, pharmacists, specialist and allied health professionals by raising awareness and delivering educational activities.

Practitioner fact sheets

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