Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record

Since 1 July 2012 Australians have been able to register for their eHealth record.  The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record enables better access to important health information held in dispensed records across the country.

For the first time all Australians who choose to participate will be able to see their important health information when and where they need it, and they will be able to share this information with trusted healthcare providers. 

Information will be collected in the form of an electronic document and will include things like:

  • Event summaries.
  • Discharge summaries.
  • Pathology reports.
  • Current medications.
  • Allergies and adverse reactions to mediations.

The PCEHR will:

  • Allow practitioners to have better access to accurate information about patients.
  • Allow quick and efficient sharing of patient information.
  • Save time by not having to search for records and having accurate information immediately available, allowing more time to treat patients.

The benefits of an eHealth record will be most significant for patients who need to share information with different providers or who have complex conditions.  This might include those with chronic conditions, mothers and newborns, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, and older Australians.

Patients can register for an eHealth Record by phone, in writing, or in person via Assisted Registration.  Assisted Registration is the quickest and easiest way for patients to register.  Practices can become accredited to offer Assisted Registration.