Your health information is currently distributed across a wide range of locations including your GP, hospitals, imaging centres, specialists, and allied health practices.
Your My Health Record is a digital health record containing a summary of your health information in Australia. By having a My Health Record it will mean your GP and health care providers will have faster, easier access to your health information creating a more efficient system, making continuity of care easier and improving treatment decisions.
Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.
Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency. Your My Health Record could contain information including prescribed medications, Medicare claims history, organ donation information, and recorded immunisations.
Your doctors and other healthcare providers may be able to see and add information to your My Health Record, including medical summaries, hospital discharge information, diagnostic imaging reports like ultrasounds and x-rays, pathology tests like blood tests and specialist letters.
The record has customisable options and you are able to add information on allergies, emergency contacts, personal health notes, advanced care planning information, and other details on over-the-counter medication or vitamins you may be taking.
As more people use My Health Record, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. Resulting in better, faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
Over 2.6 million Australians already have a My Health Record (once called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record or PCEHR). Nearly 2,000 Australians are signing up every day.
My Health Record is protected and regulated by law, just like online banking.
All Australians can register for a My Health Record and have access to a summary of their personal health information whenever they need it.