This information has been sourced from a Government website myhealthrecord.gov.au
All Australians will have an online My Health Record established by November 2018, which is an online reference point for medical professionals. For those not wishing to have their medical records available online, they have from 16th July 2018 - 15th October 2018 to opt out.
We suggest you take a moment to review the information about My Health Records and decide for yourself how you want to deal with this issue.
My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information.
When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.
Whether you’re visiting a GP for a check-up, or in an emergency room following an accident and are unable to talk, healthcare providers involved in your care can access important health information, such as:
- medicines you are taking
- medical conditions you have been diagnosed with
- pathology test results like blood tests.
This can help you get the right treatment. You don’t need to be sick to benefit from having a My Health Record. It’s a convenient way to record and track your health information over time.
You control your record
You can choose to share your health information with the healthcare providers involved in your care.
If you wish, you can manage your My Health Record by adding your own information and choosing your privacy and security settings. For example, you can:
- add personal notes about your allergies and allergic reactions, an advance care plan or custodian details
- set access controls to restrict who can and can’t see your health information
- review your own health information, and seethe information your healthcare providers can see
- set up SMS or email notifications so you know when a healthcare provider first accesses your record.
Next time you see your doctor, ask them to add your health information to your My Health Record.
By allowing your doctors to upload, view and share documents in your My Health Record, they will have a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you. You can also ask that some information not be uploaded to your record.
A My Health Record for every Australian in 2018
This year, you will get a My Health Record unless you tell us you don’t want one. As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system becomes better connected. The result is safer, faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
If you don't have a My Health Record, and don't want one created for you, you can opt out between 16 July and 15 October 2018. Find out how you can opt out.
When will I get a My Health Record?
The new records will be available from 13 November 2018. If you want a My Health Record before then you can register now.
Information from healthcare professionals
Healthcare providers such as GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents about your health to your record, including:
- 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 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 doctor(s).
Information from Medicare
Up to two years of past Medicare data may be added to your record when you first get one, including:
- Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) information held by the Department of Human Services
- Medicare and Repatriation Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits (RPBS) information stored by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
- organ donation decisions
- immunisations that are included in the Australian Immunisation Register, including childhood immunisations and other immunisations received.
Information you can add to your record
You, or someone authorised to represent you, can share additional information in your record that may be important for your healthcare providers to know about you. This includes:
- contact numbers and emergency contact details
- current medications
- allergy information and any previous allergic reactions
- Indigenous status
- Veterans’ or Australian Defence Force status
- your advance care plan or contact details of your custodian.
What to expect when logging into My Health Record for the first time
The first time you log into your My Health Record there may be little or no information in it. There may be up to two years’ worth of Medicare information such as doctor visits under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), as well as your Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims history. If you choose, you can remove this information after you log in.
Information will be added after you visit your GP, nurse or pharmacist. You can add your personal health information and notes straight away.
Uploading old tests and scans
Your medical history, such as older tests and scan reports, will not be automatically uploaded to your My Health Record. Only new reports can be uploaded by participating pathology labs or diagnostic imaging providers.
Talk to your doctor about uploading a shared health summary to your My Health Record. This summary can capture important past health information such as results from previous tests or scans, which can be shared with your other treating healthcare providers.