My Health Record brings together health information from healthcare providers across the sector, allowing important patient information to be shared between them.
Electronic access to these clinical documents supports the continuity of care, and improves the interactions between healthcare providers and patients.
My Health Record does not replace existing health records. Rather, it supplements these with a high-value, shared source of patient information.
Information available through My Health Record can include:
- A patient’s shared health summary (e.g. diagnoses, current medications, allergies and adverse reactions)
- Event summaries
- Medication prescribing and dispensing history
- the Medicines Information View
- Discharge summaries
- Specialist letters
- Advanced Care Planning information
- Information about a patient’s past health events
- Pathology reports
- Diagnostic imaging reports
- Child development information
- Consumer-entered information (see below)
- Medicare overview (see below)
Consumer entered information
- Personal health summary – individuals can enter information about allergies and adverse reactions, and current medications into their My Health Record. This data can be viewed by healthcare providers.
- Advance care directive custodian – individuals can enter the contact information of a person or organisation who is the holder of their advance care directive (or "living will").
- Emergency contact details – individuals can create a list of important emergency contacts in their My Health Record, which is visible to healthcare providers.
- Personal health notes – individuals can enter information to help them keep track of their health, i.e. like a health journal. The system dates each note, which includes an entered title and the entered text. These notes are not visible to healthcare providers.
- Child development – Parents can record results of their child's scheduled health checks, childhood development and other useful information. The objective is to provide an integrated view of a child's health status for the parents/guardian and healthcare providers involved in the child's care.
- The Child Development section of a child's My Health Record contains: an Achievement Diary, Personal Observations, Immunisations, Child Health Check Schedule, Child Growth Charts and Information for Parents.
- This information is currently only visible to healthcare providers through the National Provider Portal, as clinical information systems have not yet built this functionality into their systems.
A healthcare provider’s ability to use these features depends on whether the functionality is included in their clinical information software (CIS).
See Software products using digital health for information on software products that are conformant. Healthcare providers should ensure they are using the latest version of their CIS as the My Health Record system will continue to evolve over time and add new document types and services.
When an individual’s My Health Record is created, they can choose to have their Medicare data included in their My Health Record.
This can include past (up to two years of prior transactions) and future MBS and PBS (and RPBS) transaction information, their organ donor status (sourced from the Australian Organ Donor Register) and details from their Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) records.
These records may be viewed individually or in summary via the digital health record Medicare overview.