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Sandra Johnston has a number of chronic conditions which is why she finds having a My Health Record invaluable.

“I find My Health Record to be extremely beneficial as I see a wide variety of health professionals including six different specialists. Now I have My Health Record, when I go back to the GP I don’t have to worry about remembering medications and test results because I know it’s available,” Sandra said.

More than 5.9 million Australians already have a My Health Record, which is an online summary of their key health information where they can safely store, access and share their important health information.

Some key things to remember about My Health Record:

  • Your important healthcare information is available online, and easily accessible by you, your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
  • When moving interstate or travelling, the information can be viewed securely online.
  • In emergency situations, treating doctors can view information such as current medications.
  • You don’t need to remember the dates of tests, medicine names or dosages.
  • Because healthcare providers have access to clinical information prepared and shared by other health professionals, they may have a more detailed picture with which to make clinical decisions, diagnose and provide treatment.
  • You can personally manage privacy and control access to your My Health Record including what information gets uploaded and who has access such as family members, carers and healthcare providers.
  • My Health Record system security operates to the highest standards and undergoes constant surveillance and threat testing.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out during a three-month period starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018.

For more information about My Health Record visit: myhealthrecord.gov.au or call 1800 723 471.