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Digital Health - My Health Record

My Health Record is expanding with the development of a Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy (2018-2022) Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) CEO Tim Kelsey welcomed COAG approval for the new strategy. 

The Strategy - Safe, seamless, and secure: evolving health and care to meet the needs of modern Australia - identifies seven key priorities for digital health in Australia including delivery of a My Health Record for every Australian by 2018 – unless they choose not to have one. 

Having a My Health Record means the patients important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place. Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency.

Help decide the future of digital health

The Commonwealth Department of Health (DoH) invites all to have their say on how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. There is scope for the My Health Record to be used for a variety of secondary purposes including research, policy and planning, among others. However, there must first be a framework that reflects Australian expectations on how the health information held in the system should, or could, be used. DoH has released a Consultation Paper to begin identifying what Australians want the framework to say and this will help decide who should be able to access My Health Record data, for what purposes and what the oversight arrangements should be. Submissions can be made in writing, online, webinar, workshops and interviews. Responses will be accepted between 12 October and 15 November inclusive.


For support: Contact Digital Health Practice Support Officer Yvonne Hermes by emailing or phoning 07 5612 5445.

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