My Health Record

The aim of an online health record is to keep track of your medication details, test results and allergies, vaccinations, medical conditions and other health information in one digital account. This information can then be shared securely between you and your health care providers.

How will My Health Record help you?

My Health Record stores all of your health information in the one place. Your medical history can be accessible to your doctors, specialists and readily available wherever you are in Australia.

This could make life much easier for ADF families when they’re posted to a new area. All the data and treatment by previous doctors will be accessible by new doctors at the posting location.

It will also help doctors who treat ADF veterans to recognise patients with Department of Veterans’ Affairs entitlements and their accepted conditions. It’s believed this will reduce the hassle for veterans in trying to satisfy DVA treatment criteria and accelerate the process for having conditions recognised by DVA doctors when making a claim.

And if you’re involved in an accident and taken to the emergency department, the doctors and nurses can immediately access potentially life-saving information about your health. It could be that you’re allergic to a medication, or have previously had adverse reactions to a type of treatment. That vital information will inform clinical decision-making.

And it’s not just emergencies – patients with chronic and complex conditions will have improved care and fewer duplicated tests through shared information with all their health carers.

You can also store your advanced care plan about how you want to be treated if you become critically ill and can’t communicate. Or you can nominate a person who you want to make decisions on your behalf in that situation. Doctors can act according to your plan or contact your proxies in a timely and effective manner.

Privacy and security

It is recommended you use strong passwords, activate privacy settings and controls on your accounts and devices and keep all software up to date to protect your personal information. The Australian Government legislation maintains the security of your account with a firewall, secure sign in and audit logging.

You’re in control

You can control who has access to your medical information. You can allow general access to your record, or selected access to specific documents and limit who can view them. You may also authorise a family member or friend as your representative. Children’s records will most often be managed by their parent or legal guardian.

For more information, visit My Health Record or the government’s Australian Digital Health Agency