You will no doubt have been hearing these words floating around on the radio, seen adverts on TV and maybe have seen posters up at the doctor’s surgery and be wondering what does it mean. My Health Record is a way of storing your relevant medical information on the I-Cloud so that it is available for use by other Doctors and hospitals anywhere in Australia. It includes key points of your medical history, your current medication list, any immunisations that have been given to you and recorded and also a list of your known allergies. It does not list a reason for every visit you have had to a doctor or hospital unless that reason is considered important enough to be included in your medical history. Your GP will be able to show you what your own My Health Record will look like next time you visit. If you are unhappy with items that appear on this record you can discuss this with your GP and these items do not need to be included. It is worth noting that the more information on your My Health Record the safer it is for you should you need to see someone other than your own GP, for instance a visit to an emergency department in a hospital or a visit to a GP when you are travelling away from your own area.
A main area of concern for patients is the safety of their personal information and the risk of non medical entities accessing their file. The information is stored on the I-Cloud and subject to full government restrictions. The penalties for misuse of this system are severe.
If you are interested in hearing more about My Health Record before the automatic upload is undertaken in November 2018, please come in and ask.