What is My Health Record?
My Health Record is a secure online summary of an individual’s health information, and is available to all Australians. Healthcare providers authorised by their healthcare organisation can access My Health Record to view and add to their patients’ health information.
My Health Record does not replace existing health records. Rather, it supplements these with a high-value, shared source of patient information that can improve care planning and decision making.
Information available through My Health Record can include, a patient’s health summary, medication prescribing and dispensing history, pathology reports, diagnostic imaging reports and discharge summaries.’
Benefits to healthcare professionals
Important patient information will be available to you quickly and exactly when needed. Other benefits include more time with patients – less time chasing clinical information and investigations, resending or chasing referrals, scanning, printing, filing and posting.
This, in turn, will lead to better information sharing between different sources, for example between GPs and hospitals.
Find out more about the benefits to healthcare professionals.
What is in a My Health Record?
My Health Record brings together health information from healthcare providers across the sector, allowing important patient information to be shared between them. Electronic access to these clinical documents supports the continuity of care and improves the interactions between healthcare providers and patients.
My Health Record does not replace existing health records. Rather, it supplements these with a high-value, shared source of patient information.
Information available through My Health Record can include:
- A patient’s shared health summary (e.g. diagnoses, current medications, allergies and adverse reactions)
- Event summaries
- Medication prescribing and dispensing history
- the Medicines Information View
- Discharge summaries
- Specialist letters
- Advanced Care Planning information
- Information about a patient’s past health events
- Pathology reports
- Diagnostic imaging reports
- Child development information
- Consumer-entered information
- Medicare overview
My Health Record: Enhancing interactions with patient care
General practitioners Dr Chris Moy and Dr Meredith Makeham talk about how My Health Record is enhancing interactions with their patients.
Australian Digital Health Agency – My Health Record Expansion Program
What is the My Health Record, why is it important, and how can it help? This short introductory video answers these questions from a variety of perspectives: the patient, the carer, and Australian Digital Health Agency staff members.