Consumers and My Health Records
My Health Record is an electronic summary of an individual’s health information that can be shared securely online between the individual and registered healthcare providers involved in their care to support improved decision making and continuity of care.
Information accessible through My Health Record
- Shared health summary: a summary, authored by the treating doctor, of an individual’s health status including adverse reactions, medicines, medical history and immunizations
- Event summary: captures key health information about a significant healthcare event that is relevant to the ongoing care of the patient
- Hospital discharge summary
- Pathology and diagnostic imaging reports
- Specialist letters
- Prescriptions and dispense information
- Patient-entered personal health summaries
- Health notes entered by the patient
- Advanced care planning documents.
If you need more information about what is the My Health Record and how it works, please go to the My Health Record website.
How is it different to what I have now?
My Health Record won’t replace the existing records at your current Healthcare Provider, but will allow for more information to be added and accessed, for example, for medical consultations, for blood tests and x-ray reports, and as prescriptions are filled. Your doctors will still store notes in their local systems.
Why should I get an My Health record?
Your important healthcare information will be available in one place online that is easily accessible by your authorised doctors, specialists, or hospitals.
Even if you move or travel interstate, the information can be viewed securely online, anywhere, any time.
If you want, you can access your health information from any computer with an internet connection.
You control who can see it. Once it’s set up you don’t need to do anything.
In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see your health information to provide you the best possible care quickly.
If you want, you can list any allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions you may have to help healthcare providers give you better advice and treatment.
You won’t need to worry about having to remember and repeat your health history like medicines, details of chronic conditions, and dates of recent tests with different or new healthcare providers.
The same goes for your children’s health history like immunisations and medical tests.
If you choose to you can control who sees what information in your My Health Record.
There are strict rules and regulations on who can see or use your My Health Record to protect your health information from misuse or loss. There are penalties for anyone who breaks these.
We respect your privacy.
To create a My Health Record, we will collect information about you and your children from Medicare and some other government bodies including your name, date of birth, and Medicare records from the last two years. Registered healthcare provider organisations such as general practices and hospitals will be able to access your My Health Record when providing healthcare to you.
Who has access to my My Health record?
Only you and the healthcare organisations providing your care can access and add to your record. In addition to your selected doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in your care, you can share your health information with family members, carers, or other trusted people if you wish. Your eHealth record has strong security and privacy safeguards. Unlike traditional paper-based records, you can also see who’s accessed or updated your My Health record.
In an emergency or life-threatening situation, where giving consent is not possible, a doctor may gain emergency access, for 5 days, to your My Health record.
Who is connected in the Western Victoria PHN region?
Over 80% of general practices and 30% of pharmacists are connected.
To ensure your Healthcare Organisation can view its patients’ digital health records, your organisation needs to register to participate in Australia’s My Health Record system.
Once your organisation is registered, Individual Healthcare Providers and other relevant employees can be authorised to access the My Health Record system on the organisation’s behalf.
Health care providers can find out more by visiting the My Health Record website.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Australian Digital Health Agency has produced these Frequently Asked Questions to help consumers.
Healthcare provider registration
Healthcare organisations need to register to participate in Australia’s My Health Record system. Once your organisation is registered, individual healthcare providers can be authorised to access the My Health Record system on the organisation’s behalf through conformant software.
Click here to start the registration process.
Healthcare providers without conformant software can access My Health Record via the provider portal.
Click here to read the Provider Portal Registration Process and Fact Sheet.