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My Health Record

6 August 18

My Health Record is an online health information summary that is set to benefit millions of Australians, especially those in aged care facilities.

My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information that can be viewed securely by a range of medical professionals at any time.  Your healthcare provider will have access to important information, such as:

  • Allergies
  • Medications you are taking
  • Medical concerns you have been diagnosed with
  • Pathology tests, such as blood tests
  • Hospital discharge summaries
  • Medicare data

 

It is envisaged that the system will result in reduced hospital admissions, reduced duplication of tests, better coordinated care, and better informed treatment decisions. The system will have many benefits especially for aged care residents, with Minister Ken Wyatt recently stating, “My Health Record empowers Australians to take better control of their health and provides secure access to patients’ health information at the point of care. It places the consumer at the centre, with the power to add, remove and restrict access to certain information.”

A number of aged care advocacy groups have partnered with the Australian Digital Health Agency to promote the benefits of the new system.  Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Pat Sparrow said My Health Record was good news for older Australians as well as aged care facilities and their staff, carers, family members and health care professionals.

“Older Australians need to be supported in healthy ageing and this streamlined approach to information sharing promises to improve the flow of information from hospital to home to residential aged care and ultimately contribute to the quality of care for an individual.”

Carers Australia CEO Ara Cresswell said carers also would benefit from My Health Record.

“It can lessen the stress of having to remember details of the diagnoses and treatments of others, and help prevent adverse medication events,” she said.

“The ability to upload patient’s end-of-life preferences can also lessen the distress of those forced into making very difficult decisions on behalf of a family member not able to communicate their own wishes.”

Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) acting chief executive Dr Linc Thurecht strongly encouraged consumers to keep and maintain their My Health Record.

“Overall, we think that the My Health Record, with its inbuilt privacy and security controls set by the consumer, balances the need for better information and coordination of care, with the right to privacy,” Thurecht said.

There has been a lot of media attention on potential security issues surrounding the system, and last week the Federal Government announced some important changes to address the privacy concerns related to the My Health Record system that should make it safer for everybody. If you don’t want to be included in the system, you have until October 15 to opt out.

"“My Health Record is the future of medicine.” Dr Michael Gannon, President, Australian Medical Association"