Easy ac­cess to health record

New on­line sum­mary keep­ing all your med­i­cal his­tory in one place

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

AUS­TRALIANS will soon not have to worry about los­ing their health records, with the abil­ity to store a sum­mary on­line.

Monica McInnes and her fam­ily live in re­gional Aus­tralia and she is grate­ful to have their chil­dren’s health records safe and se­cure in the dig­i­tal world, es­pe­cially with the health needs of their chil­dren.

❝ Hav­ing in­di­vid­ual and health­care provider ac­cess to our im­por­tant health in­for­ma­tion wins hands down. — Monica McInnes

“For me, bal­anc­ing our health needs and care against any con­cerns around pri­vacy and se­cu­rity was a no-brainer,” she said.

“Hav­ing in­di­vid­ual and health­care provider ac­cess to our im­por­tant health in­for­ma­tion wins hands down.”

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be cre­ated for ev­ery Aus­tralian, un­less they choose not to have one.

My Health Record pro­vides an on­line sum­mary of a per­son’s key health in­for­ma­tion.

It al­lows them to share and con­trol their health in­for­ma­tion with doc­tors, hos­pi­tals and other health­care providers from any­where, at any time.

Na­tional Ru­ral Health Al­liance CEO, Mark Di­a­mond, said hav­ing a My Health Record can be a life saver for peo­ple in the bush who don’t al­ways have easy ac­cess to health­care ser­vices.

“Aus­tralians liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas are more likely to end up in an emer­gency de­part­ment from a heart at­tack, car ac­ci­dent or di­a­betic coma,” Mr Di­a­mond said.

“If they’re un­con­scious, and the med­i­cal team doesn’t have ac­cess to their health his­tory, the team may not be able to pro­vide life-sav­ing care.”

A My Health Record will be cre­ated for ev­ery Aus­tralian by the end of the year, but res­i­dents can opt out by Novem­ber 15.

PHOTO: MONICA MCINNES

’A NO-BRAINER’: Hav­ing a My Health Record pro­vides peace of mind for the McInnes fam­ily.

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