Australians will soon have a digital health record
Fri 08, Jun 2018
My Health Record (MyHR) is a computer-based system designed to collate all of a person's desired health records into one place, with the aim of making it easier to share this information with their various healthcare providers.
By the end of 2018, the Australian Digital Health Agency will create a MyHR for everyone, unless they opt-out of the system during the official opt-out period from 16 JULY TO 15 OCTOBER 2018.
Like with every digital system, this one has its pros and cons. The MyHR offers benefits as you and your healthcare providers will have increased access to information such as shared health summaries, discharge summaries, allergies, prescription and dispense records, pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports.
However, there are security concerns about cyber attacks and secondary use of the data as well as data sharing with law enforcement and other government agencies.
As such, whether it is beneficial and wise to have a MyHR or not will depend on your personal circumstances as well as your health and digital literacy.
Health Consumers NSW advises all health consumers to learn about their My Health Record and make an educated decision on whether you believe it will be a great tool to aid your health management or whether it may pose certain risks for you.
Below is a collection of articles and information to help you decide for yourself if and how you want your MyHR to be set up for you and your family and loved-ones.
Articles and information about the My Health Record:
My Health Record official website: For you & your family
Positive Life NSW News: PLHIV & My Health Record
Consumer Health Forum: An important overview of the pros, cons and questions about My Health Record
ABC News: My Health Record opt-out dates announced amid security concerns
star observer: ‘DAMAGING OUR TRUST’: WHY MY HEALTH RECORD LETS DOWN SEXUAL AND GENDER MINORITIES
Doctor' s bag: It has begun: Australians will soon have a digital health record
Australian Privacy Foundation: My Health Record: what is it, and why should I care?
Healthcare IT News: New My Health Record opt out and secondary use details leak, as announcements loom
The information in this blog post is intended for informational purposes only. It may not be complete and is subject to change. Please refer to official Australian Digital Health Agency sources for MyHR updates.