Why keeping a digital health record is important
KEEPING your health records in the digital age is easy, and can be very important should an emergency occur, a spokesperson from the North Coast Primary Health Network said.
Registrations for My Health Record - a digital health record containing important information which can be easily accessed in an emergency - are steadily increasing.
But it seems consumers are still not sure about the benefits of having this digital record.
For Ian Gillies, a pilot and farmer, the benefits of My Health Record were made plain when he found himself rushed to hospital.
"It was my son's birthday and I visited him in Sydney to celebrate," he said.
"We checked into the hotel and three hours later I was in the back of the ambulance on the way to hospital.
"They found I had a thing called pancreatitis.
"After four days in hospital, I talked them into letting me out as long as I went to see my doctor for important follow up work as soon as I got home.
"When I got to my doctor I realised the hospital hadn't given me any information about the treatment I needed.
"Luckily my doctor checked My Health Record and within a minute was able to find details of what needed to be done to look after me."
Your My Health Record could contain:
- Medicines prescribed by your doctor
- Your Medicare claims history
- Immunisations recorded in the Australian Immunisation Register.
Your doctors and other health professionals may be able to see and add information to your My Health Record, including:
- A summary of your medical history, conditions and treatments
- Hospital discharge information
- Ultrasound or x-ray results
- Pathology reports such as blood tests
- Specialist letters
You can add:
- Any allergies and adverse reactions you may have
- Emergency contacts and their details
- Your personal health notes
- Other over the counter medicines or vitamins you are taking
How you can register:
- Go to the My Health Record website at: myhealthrecord.gov.au
- Call the Help line on 1800 723 471
- Visit your GP and ask for their help in registering
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders can call 1800 723 471