Bill's My Health Record story
Bill’s battle with prostate cancer involved a range of health professionals. My Health Record has helped Bill to track all his medications and results throughout his treatment.
What is My Health Record?
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 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
My Health Record provides the whole picture to doctors, specialists and hospital or aged-care staff. Even if your personal circumstances change, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your health information is on hand when you need it.
For older Australians, My Health Record delivers better health outcomes including:
- Connected care – Your key health information will be available in one place and can be accessed by doctors, specialists and hospital or aged-care staff. Healthcare providers then have a more complete picture of your health to inform clinical decisions.
- Records travel with you – My Health Record is a digital record, which means that wherever you are, your treating doctor, nurse or healthcare provider can view and update your My Health Record. Even if you’re travelling or move cities.
- Anytime access – You won’t need to remember test dates, medicine names or dosages, or carry medical documents with you. Details are available wherever and whenever they’re needed through your My Health Record.
- Nominated representative – If you’d like somebody else to help keep your My Health Record up-to-date, like one of your children or a partner, you can give them access as a nominated representative.
- Emergency information – In a medical emergency, healthcare providers can see your health information such as allergies, medicines and immunisations. This helps them to provide you with the best possible treatment and care.
Preparing for the future
You can add advance care planning documents to your My Health Record, making this available in circumstances where you may not otherwise be able to communicate.
My Health Record is a secure system that puts you in control. You decide what information is stored on your record and who is able to access it.
To learn more, find a My Health Record information session near you.
Robert and Marge are retired – it’s always been their dream to spend retirement travelling around Australia in their caravan. However, Robert has a complicated health history, including a previous heart condition, which needs to be monitored even when they’re on the road. My Health Record makes it easy for Robert to receive care no matter where he is, with doctors able to see his health history. Robert and Marge have both also uploaded their advance care plans, so they can be confident their wishes are known and accessible.
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. If you want a My Health Record, you don’t have to do anything. A secure My Health Record will be created for you by the end of 2018 if you have a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card.
How to opt out of getting a My Health Record
If you don't have a My Health Record, and don't want one created for you, you will need to opt out between 16 July and 15 November 2018. Find out how you can opt out.
“Me and my husband John are always visiting the children and their children. When we’re travelling anywhere in Australia we can now take our My Health Record with us. It provides security for any situation that we might find ourselves in.”
Dot Price, retired teacher
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