My Health Record puts your patients’ health in their hands

18 July 2018

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:

  • allergies
  • current conditions and treatments
  • medicines
  • 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.

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Page last updated: 13 August 2018