Your online health record is just around the corner
25th October 2018
By the end of this year, all Australians will get their own My Health Record – an online summary of key health information which can be viewed securely online from anywhere at any time.
Whether visiting a GP for a check-up, or in an emergency room following an accident and unable to talk, health care providers involved in a patient’s care will be able to digitally access important health information, such as: allergies; medicines patients are taking; medical conditions patients have been diagnosed with; and pathology test results like blood tests.
Those who don’t want a digital health record created for them can opt out of My Health Record until 15 November 2018.
Dr Mohammed Hasan, whose practice Myhealth Medical at Macarthur Square has been open two months now, said he’d had a lot of new patients asking for their regular prescriptions who sometimes didn’t remember the name of their medications or more commonly, the strength of their medications.
“For the patients that do have a My Health Record, it’s just a finger click and I can see all the medications which have been dispensed in the last few months or so. It fills in gaps in memory and therefore improves patient safety and reduces medication errors,” he said
Dr Hasan said the online health record was beneficial for patients with complex medical conditions and people who were travelling and needing the care of a GP.
He said he had one patient travelling from interstate who needed blood thinner, blood pressure and diabetes medications but had lost the health summary their GP had provided them for travel.
“Traditionally we would call the old GP or send a request for information and wait a couple of days for it to be faxed back,” he said. “For that particular lady, I was grateful she had a My Health Record because I was able to look it up and see what medical problems she had and what medications she was on.”
Dr Hasan said the online health summary would make doctors much more efficient, allowing them to spend more time talking to patients and providing good medical care.
“It’s a great tool but it is not a replacement for a regular GP and it does require you to get your GP to update your shared health summary within your My Health Record,” he said. “If you’re considering opting out talk to your regular doctor and see if you would benefit from having a My Health Record.”
South Western Sydney Primary Health Network (PHN) is one of 31 PHNs across the country working in coordination with the Australian Digital Health Agency to engage with the community about My Health Record.
South Western Sydney PHN CEO Keith McDonald said South Western Sydney PHN was committed to providing accurate information about what My Health Record was capable of doing so that everyone could weigh up the benefits.
“Most people, for example, don’t know that each person’s My Health Record is empty until activated by the first medical practitioner using it or the individual opening it for the first time. Any concerns about past medical history being automatically uploaded can be debunked,” he said.
“People also might be surprised to know that they can link their record to another loved one’s in the case of care situations.”
The My Health Record opt out period runs from 16 July – 15 November 2018.
To find out more, visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au or call 1800 723 471.
Website: My Health Record