There are several benefits of having a My Health Record.
Better connected care
As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. This will result in faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
Your health information in one place
Your health information will be available in one place, which means it can be easily accessed by your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
Once it’s set up you don’t need to do anything. Health information can be viewed securely online, anywhere, anytime – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.
Access to your health information in an emergency
In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see your health information to provide the best possible treatment.
You can choose to add extra medical information such as allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions. This information is then available to connected healthcare providers wherever you are.
A convenient snapshot of your health
When you use My Health Record, you won’t need to worry about remembering everything and repeating your health history. Medicines, chronic condition details and the dates of recent tests are available when you see a new doctor or healthcare provider.
The same goes for your children’s health history, immunisations and medical tests.
You control who can see your information. Registered healthcare providers involved in your care will have access to upload, view and share summary information. By setting access codes, you can choose who sees your record, and what’s in it. You can also request that some documents aren’t uploaded to your record.
Strict rules and regulations on who can see or use your My Health Record protect your health information from misuse or loss.
We respect your privacy
To create a My Health Record for you, we collect basic information about you and your children from Medicare, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Australian Immunisation Register. This can include your name, date of birth and Medicare records from the past two years. Your healthcare providers can access your My Health Record when providing you with healthcare, except where you have limited access to your information.
What is My Health Record, why is it important, and how can it help?
This short video answers these questions from a variety of perspectives: the patient, the carer, and Australian Digital Health Agency staff members.