Tak­ing health on road

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

RE­TIRED teacher Dot Price was one of more 100 se­nior res­i­dents to learn more about the Govern­ment’s new on­line health record­ing sys­tem.

She fea­tures in a video pro­mot­ing ‘ My Health Record’ as a safer, more con­ve­nient and safer way of stor­ing per­sonal health in­for­ma­tion.

Aged Care Min­is­ter Ken Wy­att said the pa­tient- cen­tred dig­i­tal sys­tem helped health pro­fes­sion­als de­liver the best care.

Aus­tralian Dig­i­tal Health Agency chief ex­ec­u­tive Tim Kelsey joined the min­is­ter in Guild­ford on Wednesday at the na­tion’s first com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion.

Mr Wy­att said he wanted to get the mes­sage out to the more than 8000 res­i­dents aged 65 and over in the elec­torate of Hasluck.

“My Health Record em­pow­ers Aus­tralians to take bet­ter con­trol of their health and pro­vides se­cure ac­cess to pa­tients’ health in­for­ma­tion at the point of care,” he said.

“Lo­cal peo­ple of­ten tell me they are tired of be­ing asked the same ques­tions when they go to see a health pro­fes­sional.

“This can be par­tic­u­larly frus­trat­ing for older Aus­tralians, who may be tak­ing a num­ber of med­i­ca­tions and see­ing a num­ber of doc­tors.

“I also hear ex­am­ples of older peo­ple be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and not re­ceiv­ing the med­i­ca­tions they have been pre­scribed, be­cause no one knew what they were sup­posed to be tak­ing.”

My Health Record holds in­for­ma­tion from across the health sys­tem, from a GP up­load­ing a shared health summary record to Medi­care data, pathol­ogy and ra­di­ol­ogy re­ports, and hos­pi­tal dis­charge sum­maries.

“My Health Record places the con­sumer at the cen­tre, with the power to add, re­move and re­strict ac­cess to cer­tain in­for­ma­tion,” Mr Wy­att said.

“So you get to de­cide who sees your health in­for­ma­tion, and all of your health­care team can share the same in­for- ma­tion to­gether.

“It gives Aus­tralians the free­dom to travel any­where in Aus­tralia, know­ing they have in­stant ac­cess to safe and se­cure dig­i­tal health records, in­clud­ing care plans.”

Mrs Price said the on­line sys­tem was a com­fort to her and her hus­band.

“When we are trav­el­ling, My Health Record pro­vides ex­tra se­cu­rity and peace of mind for any med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion we might find our­selves in,” Mrs Price said.

“My Health Record also pro­vides me with the abil­ity to up­load my ad­vanced care plan­ning, so I know my wishes will be re­spected and have le­gal sta­tus.”

Aged Care Min­is­ter Ken Wy­att and Dot Price with the on­line health record­ing sys­tem.

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