My Health Record brings many benefits

Monday, July 16, 2018

‘The advantages of having your medical history in the one place, both for consumers and healthcare providers, are numerous’, says Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) Acting Chief Executive Dr Linc Thurecht.

‘Apart from convenience, the potential benefits include better coordination of care among multiple healthcare providers, better informed decisions on healthcare that involve both the patient and the healthcare provider, reduced duplication of diagnostic tests, fewer adverse drug events and reduced hospital admissions.’

Today marks the beginning of a three-month opt-out period, during which consumers can choose not to have a My Health Record created for them.

By the end of 2018 all Australians will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.

‘Overall, we think that the My Health Record, with its inbuilt privacy and security controls set by the consumer, balances the need for better information and coordination of care, with the right to privacy’, Dr Thurecht said.

‘Consumers can control who can view their record and what parts of it can be viewed, while also being able to delete entries from their My Health Record.

‘It won’t be an overnight success because the usefulness of each person’s record will depend on the amount of information put there by individual healthcare providers and consumers. But we think that with active use and updating, My Health Record has the potential to be very empowering for both clinicians and patients’.

‘We also appreciate that even after the opt-out period is over, you can still opt out, or if you do decide to opt out, you can opt-in again at any time in the future.’

As of 1 July 2018, 5.9 million consumers and nearly 13,000 healthcare providers were registered with My Health Record.

‘We strongly encourage consumers to keep and maintain their My Health Record’, Dr Thurecht said.

‘But if people have any doubts they should speak to their main healthcare providers about the benefits, view the many guide materials on the Australian Digital Health Agency website (www.digitalhealth.gov.au) or contact the Australian Digital Health Agency directly on the My Health Record Help line—1800 723 471 (option 1).’

More information about the AHHA is available at ahha.asn.au

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the national peak body for public and not for profit hospitals and healthcare providers in Australia

Media enquiries:  Dr Linc Thurecht

Acting Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

0401 393 729