By late 2018, everyone with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card will have a My Health Record, unless they opt out.
5.7 million Australians already have a My Health Record.
A My Health Record means your patients’ important health information can be digitally stored in one place.
Their nominated healthcare providers can access details on a patient’s:
- current conditions and treatments
- pathology reports
- diagnostic imaging reports
Australian Digital Health Agency CEO, Tim Kelsey, said the national implementation of My Health Record this year will deliver a safe and secure clinical health service for all Australians.
‘My Health Record gives health professionals up-to-date information, which will reduce the risk of errors,’ Mr Kelsey said.
My Health Record lets people:
- take control of their own health and wellbeing
- manage their children’s health
- upload key documents, like advanced care directives
The opt out period will run from 16 July to 15 November 2018.
People who don’t want a record can visit www.MyHealthRecord.gov.au or call 1800 723 471 to opt out.