Online portal My Health Record will create a record for every person with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card by the end of 2018, with 5.9 million Australians already possessing a My Health Record.

This record holds important health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging reports, digitally stored in one place. It allows nominated health care providers access to a summary of an individuals health records when needed.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said the implementation of My Health Record nationally this year will deliver a system that provides universal functionality, clear and concise content along with a safe and secure clinical health service for all Australians. “My Health Record enables important health information including allergies, medical conditions, treatments, medicines, and test reports to be securely shared between clinicians and their patients and allows people to take more control of their own health and well-being, manage their children’s health, and upload key documents, like advanced care directives,” said Tim.

Every Australian with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs card will be offered a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one. During the opt out period, individuals who do not want a record can opt out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling 1800 723 471 for phone based assistance.

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