My Health Record to bring safer medical care

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has called on Australians, especially senior Australians, to embrace the rollout of the My Health Record, for secure, safer, more convenient care.

 

Joining Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey for the first community information session for older Australians on My Health Record, Mr Wyatt said the patient-centred digital system helped health professionals deliver the best care.

 

“My Health Record empowers Australians to take better control of their health and provides secure access to patients’ health information at the point of care,” said Mr Wyatt.

 

“People often tell me they are tired of being asked the same questions when they go to see a health professional. This can be particularly frustrating for older Australians, who may be taking a number of medications and seeing a number of doctors.

 

“I also hear examples of older people being admitted to hospital and not receiving the medications they have been prescribed, because no one knew what they were supposed to be taking.”

 

My Health Record presents information from across the health system, through a GP uploading a shared health summary record, Medicare data, public and private pathology and radiology reports and hospital discharge summaries.

 

Mr Wyatt said, “My Health Record places the consumer at the centre, with the power to add, remove and restrict access to certain information.

 

“So you get to decide who sees your health information, and all of your healthcare team can share the same information together.

 

“It gives Australians the freedom to travel anywhere in Australia, knowing they have instant access to safe and secure digital health records, including care plans.”

 

My Health Record also provides the ability to upload advanced care planning documents, permitting a persons wishes to be be respected and to have legal status.

 

More than five million Australians are already using My Health Record.

 

The Government will allocate $374.2 million over the next two years to continue and expand the system, allowing Australians to have a My Health Record by December 2018, unless they prefer not to.

 

Mr Wyatt said he wanted senior Australians in particular to benefit, especially the many mobile ‘grey nomads’ who are enjoying the country and will be able to make the most of more connected care.

 

For My Health Record information and to register, go to https://myhealthrecord.gov.au

 

31 January 2018.