My Health Records: Helping you manage your health
When you are regularly treated by different healthcare professionals, it can be challenging to keep track of all of your health information. My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
The My Health Record system will help you take control of this information, and assist all of your healthcare providers to give you the care you need. It will be controlled by you and it will allow you, and the healthcare providers of your choice, online access to a secure summary of your important health information.
You can choose to enable extra restrictions in your record, including which healthcare providers can access your record. You can also flag certain documents as ‘limited access’ to control who can view these documents. My Health Record keeps a log of every access to your record, which you can view any time.
Newport Doctor will participate in this system so that we, too, can contribute to your ‘My Health Record’ and have access to it when necessary (if you choose to allow us).
The Australian Government announced in the 2017 Budget the creation of a My Health Record for every Australian by the end of 2018. If you don’t already have a My Health Record, a new record will be created for you, unless you choose not have one.
What is included in your My Health Record? Your My Health Record could contain:
- Medicines you are taking or have been prescribed by your doctor
- Your organ donation decision
Your doctors and other healthcare providers may be able to see and add information to your My Health Record, inlcuding:
- A summary of your medical history, conditions and treatments
- Hospital discharge information
- Diagnostic imaging reports
- Pathology reports
You can add to your My Health Record:
- Information about any allergies and adverse reactions you may have
- Emergency contacts and their details
- Personal health notes
- Advance care planning information
- Information about other medicines or vitamins you might be taking