MY HEALTH RECORD

Don’t panic, this could be great

Style Magazine - - Health And Beauty -

Lately, the words ‘my pri­vacy’ and ‘My Health Record’ have been on ev­ery­one’s lips.

The world of pri­vacy law and on­line jar­gon can be a lit­tle con­fus­ing and hard to fol­low. As a re­sult, peo­ple might be feel­ing a bit like mush­rooms – kept in the dark...

Have no fear, though. Here are the things you need to know about My Health Record: What is My Health Record? Sim­ply put, it is an on­line record of your health in­for­ma­tion that can be ac­cessed any­time, any­where, by you and your health­care providers. Who will have a My Health Record? The short an­swer, is ev­ery­one. By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be cre­ated for ev­ery Aus­tralian, un­less they choose to opt-out. What are the ben­e­fits of My Health Record? Whether you’re on va­ca­tion in Perth and need to see a GP, or are

un­con­scious in an emer­gency room in Toowoomba, health­care providers can ac­cess the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion (like your al­ler­gies and cur­rent med­i­ca­tion) quickly.

When time is crit­i­cal, a My Health Record can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death.

What about my pri­vacy? To cre­ate a My Health Record, ba­sic in­for­ma­tion about you will be col­lected from Medi­care, the De­part­ment of Vet­eran’s Af­fairs and the Aus­tralian Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Regis­ter.

This is in­for­ma­tion like your name, date of birth and Medi­care records from the past two years.

The im­por­tant part of this equa­tion to re­mem­ber, is that you can limit the ac­cess to your in­for­ma­tion.

You can see who has ac­cessed your record and you can re­quire email no­ti­fi­ca­tions to be sent to you each time some­one ac­cesses your record.

You can refuse ac­cess to cer­tain health­care or­gan­i­sa­tions. You can even re­strict ac­cess to spe­cific doc­u­ments.

You re­main in con­trol of who has ac­cess to what. Can my record be used for re­search? Yes, your My Health Record data can be used for re­search and public health pur­poses.

But, the data will be de-iden­ti­fied be­fore be­ing re­leased for re­search.

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