For the rest of Australia, 16 July marked the launch of the three month opt-out period for the Federal Government’s My Health Record expansion program. In our region, most residents already have a My Health Record, with less than 2% choosing to opt-out when the Nepean Blue Mountains was one of only two regions in Australia included in the 2016 My Health Record Opt-Out Trial.
I am proud that we had the opportunity to be a leader in digital health adoption through the Trial, and that due to its success, by the end of the year every Australian will have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to.
Over the past two years, we have continued to work closely with primary healthcare providers to increase knowledge and usage of My Health Record
. In our region 86% of our general practices are registered to use the tool and 70% are regular users, which shows that people in our region are seeing the benefit of using the system.
Having a My Health Record means important health information like allergies, medical conditions, treatments, medicine details, and test reports can all be digitally available in one safe and secure place. This can help individuals keep track of their own health history and reduce the need to repeat their health story every time they see a healthcare provider, especially when managing complex or chronic conditions. In emergency situations, hospitals can view this information to help them make the most appropriate treatment choices quickly.
Digital technology is transforming healthcare. It has the power to improve access to services, increase collaboration and facilitate the delivery of safe, high quality and effective healthcare, which ultimately saves lives.The Government’s national expansion program is a great opportunity for us to remind our residents of the benefits of using My Health Record, and to encourage them to explore some of the new features that have been introduced since the Trial.
Let's encourage those in our region who haven’t yet used their My Health Record to access it through their MyGov account and to start asking their doctors to upload information, so that they can start to see the benefits of having control of their own health information.
- Those living in the Nepean Blue Mountains region who already have a My Health Record, have the option to cancel at any time. You can find the ‘Cancel My Health Record’ button under the ‘Profile’ menu within your record, or you can call the My Health Record Helpline on 1800 723 471.
- Those who are new to the region since July 2016, will join the rest of Australia in making a decision as to whether having a My Health Record is the right choice during the national opt-out period from 16 July - 15 October 2018. During this time, people can opt-out by visiting the My Health Record website or by calling the My Health Record Helpline on 1800 723 471.
- Our My Health Record Community Engagement Officer, Julie Parkin, is running free Community Information sessions. At these sessions people can learn how to access their record, add information and control their privacy settings.