My Health Record

What is My Health Record?

Since 1 July, 2012, Australians have been able to register for their My Health Record (MyHR) which is a secure online summary of an individual’s health information, and is available to all Australians. Healthcare providers authorised by their healthcare organisation can access My Health Record to view and add to their patients’ health information.

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:

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

The MyHR 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 a My Heath 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 My Heath Record record by phone, online or in person via assisted registration. Assisted registration at My Health Record enabled practices is the quickest and easiest way for patients to register. As more people and healthcare organisations use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. A My Health Record will be created for every Australian in 2019, unless they choose not to have one.

For more information on how to get connected in your practice or to understand more feel free to call the Digital Health Team or get in touch via email on digitalhealth@swsphn.com.au. 

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