My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. You control what information is stored, and who can access it. Health information stored in your record can include information from you, your healthcare providers, and Medicare.
Your My Health Record allows you to share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time. It stores information on allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test or scan results in one place.
Healthcare providers such as doctors, specialists and hospital staff may also be able to access your My Health Record online at any time if they need to, such as in an accident or emergency. This can help you get the right treatment.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia have published a blog on the pros and cons of My Health Record. You can access the summary here.
With the launch of the National Digital Health Strategy in July, Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey addressed the National Press Club about how digital information can transform the quality and sustainability of health and care. You can watch the catch up interview on ABC iview here.