Emily's My Health Record story
As a young Australian living with type 1 diabetes, Emily uses her My Health Record to coordinate her care between multiple healthcare providers, and make sure that in an emergency doctors can access the information they need to make informed decisions about her care.
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 can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet.
My Health Record will deliver better health outcomes for young adults including:
- Digitally connected – You can access your online information whenever you need it using a phone or computer. It records test results, allergies, vaccinations and other details without you having to remember and repeat your medical history to different doctors or specialists.
- Records travel with you – My Health Record is a digital record, which means that when you move, travel, or change doctors, you can take your health information with you.
- Future focused – You don’t have to be sick to benefit from having a My Health Record. While you might not need to access your My Health Record often now, it’ll become more useful as a digital record of your medical history. This will be valuable at times like checking vaccinations when travelling overseas.
- Improving healthcare – My Health Record will help support future medical research, which will be used to improve health policy and provide better outcomes for all Australians.
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.
Next time you see your doctor, talk to them about uploading a summary of your visit to your My Health Record.
My Health Record for Australians aged 14 to 17 years old
From the age of 14, you can choose to take control of your own record and decide who sees your information. You can also include the name of your parent or carer as a nominated representative, if you would still like them to see some or all of it.
When you turn 18, your parent or carer will be removed from being able to access your record.
Holly is 18 and spending her gap year travelling for the first time alone in South America. During a recent trip, she got sick and the doctor wanted to rule out what the virus might be. Using her mobile phone, Holly was able to bring up her medical history through My Health Record, including details of previous immunisations. Uploading information before leaving Australia means Holly can get the treatment she needs, wherever she is. This gives her parents peace of mind back home in Australia.
Opt in or opt out of My Health Record at any time in your life. It’s your choice.
A My Health Record will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After then, you can permanently delete your record at any time. If you change your mind, you can also re-register for one in the future.
If you don’t want a record created for you after 31 January 2019, you can opt out online.
“I love to travel. My Health Record is really handy when I’m out and about – not only in Australia but overseas as well. I can log on, see my records and show the GP if anything was to happen to me while I was travelling.”
Zoe Heineger, 23-year-old surf life saver