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ONLINE RECORD: Sandra Johnston finds her My Health Record invaluable.
ONLINE RECORD: Sandra Johnston finds her My Health Record invaluable. Georgia Kelleher

My Health Record - improving health care for seniors

SANDRA Johnston has a number of chronic conditions which is why she finds having a My Health Record invaluable.

"I see a wide variety of health professionals including six different specialists. Now I have My Health Record, when I visit the GP I don't have to worry about remembering medications and test results because I know it's available." Sandra said.

Six million Australians already have a My Health Record, an online summary of their key health information. By the end of this year all Australians will have a record, unless they choose not to have one.

71-year-old Clint Ferndale has been in the health business for quite some time. He created a My Health Record last year because it was 'the way of the future.' He finds the system easy to use.

"I found it easy to authorise various accesses or set up barriers to bar access. I think the whole thing is rather easy. I'm not a technocrat, I'm just a user."

Some key things to remember about My Health Record:

  • Your important healthcare information is available in one place and accessible by your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
  • When moving interstate or travelling, your information can be viewed securely online.
  • In emergency situations, treating doctors can view information such as current medications and Advance Care Plans to provide appropriate treatment quickly.
  • You don't need to remember the dates of tests, medicine names or dosages.
  • Because healthcare providers have better access to clinical information, they have a more detailed picture to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment.
  • You can control what information goes into your My Health Record and restrict who is allowed to access it.
  • For those that require assistance accessing your My Health Record, you can nominate someone to act on your behalf or ask healthcare providers involved in your care to add information to your record.
  • The My Health Record system is protected by robust, high grade, multi-tiered security controls and all data is stored in Australia.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If you don't want a My Health Record, you can opt out by October 15, 2018.

For more information, go to myhealthrecord.gov.au or phone 1800723471.


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