More than 500 health care organisations across Brisbane South PHN are now registered to My Health Record, gaining access to valuable information to inform patient care.

My Health Record is an online summary of a patient’s health information that can be shared securely between the individual and registered health care providers involved in their care. It aims to support improved decision making and continuity of care.

Bringing together health information from patients, health care providers and Medicare, a patient’s My Health Record may include allergies, medications, hospital discharge summaries and pathology reports. As more people use the My Health Record, Australia’s national health system will become better connected, contributing to safer and more efficient care for patients and families.

Across Australia there are already more than 5.8 million people registered for My Health Record. By the end of 2018, all Australians will have a My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one. Consumers who do not want a My Health Record must visit MyHealthRecord.gov.au or call the help line on 1800 723 471 to register their choice.

Brisbane South PHN is working closely with general practices, pharmacies, specialists and allied health providers to assist in registration, uptake and meaningful use of the My Health Record.

Many of these providers have already witnessed the benefit of accessing their patient’s My Health Record first hand including local pharmacist Amanda Seeto.

“When my patients have been discharged from hospital I have been able to access not only a discharge summary of any medication changes, but also the full report from the hospital,” said Ms Seeto.

“This has given me a clearer picture of my patient’s circumstances and a better understanding of why changes are made.”

Registration and access to My Health Record will vary depending on the circumstances of the individual health care provider. If you are a health care provider and require more information contact the Brisbane South PHN My Health Record team at ehealth@bsphn.org.au or phone 3864 7587.

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