My Health Record is a secure online summary of a person’s key health information. It is part of a national system that is accessible anytime, anywhere. This allows medical professionals and patients to access their health record wherever they are as long as there is internet connection. Patients can control which health practitioners are approved to access but this protocol can be breached during an emergency situation.
Patients, GPs, specialists and pharmacists can add clinical documents in My Health Record. This includes:
- Shared health summaries, allergies, discharge summaries, diagnostic and pathology reports.
- Prescription records and pharmacists shared medicine lists.
- Medicare documents such as Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) claims, Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) records, and organ donor register status.
- Emergency contact, advance care planning documents and custodian details.
Having access to all this health information may avoid adverse drug reactions for patients, can improve communication between a patient’s multidisciplinary care teams, and may avoid duplication of services.
The Australian Digital Health Agency is constantly working collaboratively with various software providers to make it easy for health care practitioners to view, download and upload clinical information.
To have your practice registered for My Health Record, here is a checklist to guide you through: My Health Record Checklist.
If you need assistance or if you have any questions regarding My Health Record or other digital health services, please feel free to contact CHN’s Digital Health team via email: email@example.com.