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.
Currently, more than 20% of Australian's have a My Health Record and over 10,900 healthcare providers are connected to the My Health Record system.
In 2017 the Australian Government committed to expanding My Health Record by changing the participation model, from an opt-in to an opt-out model. This means every Australian will have a My Health Record created for them by early 2019, unless they have chosen not to.
Based on international experience, and the My Health Record Participation Trials in 2016 that tested a range of models including an 'opt-out' model, the expansion of My Health Record is expected to accelerate the realisation of benefits for both patients and healthcare providers.