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My Health Record

My Health Record is the new name of the national digital health record system.

Having a My Health Record means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally stored in one place.

Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency or if you are travelling and need to see a doctor out of your region.

My Health Record is protected and regulated by law, just like online banking.

My Health Record in our region 

All people living in the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith had a My Health Record set up for them automatically in June 2016 (unless they chose to opt out of the program). This was part a trial that the Australian Government conducted in our region.

If you live in the region, you should have received a letter and a My Health Record brochure from the Australian Government with more information about this. 

Will My Health Record be useful for me?

My Health Record can help you in a number of ways:

  • Keeping track of your own health history
  • Enabling other health professionals you authorise to see your key health summary so you don't have to repeat it or worry about forgetting important information, like medications. 
  • Helping you and your healthcare providers to better manage complex or chronic conditions
  • You can customise access to your My Health Record by setting access controls including restricting who can see your information, or cancel your record, at any time.

Watch the story of Ian Gillies as he talks about his experience using My Health Record:

 

What if I don't want a My Health Record?

If you did not want a My Health Record automatically created for you but did not advise the Government by June 2016 a record has been created for you. You are able to request to have your record deactivated via the My Health Record website.