My Health Record
The Federal Government announced in the 2017 Budget a commitment to continue to expand the My Health Record system. By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one.
Through the My Health Record system you will access timely information about your patients such as shared health summaries, discharge summaries, prescription and dispense records, pathology reports and diagnostic imaging reports
Positive behaviour change as a result of My Health Record is what drives benefits realisation. The Australian Digital Health Agency is working closely with a range of stakeholders to implement a range of programs to support these changes and to measure benefits of the My Health Record system.
The My Health Record website has information for healthcare professionals on how to register and set-up your practice to the system, how to view and upload information, how to support consumers with questions about privacy and security and a range of tools and training modules. Please visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au to learn more.
To read about pharmacist Amanda Seeto’s experience with My Health Record, click here.
For My Health Record information and support contact the Digital Health team via email email@example.com or phone 1300 467 265.
What information is stored within the My Health Record?
The information stored in a My Health Record can include:
- Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme information
- Organ Donor decisions
- Immunisations that are included in the Australian Immunisation Register.
- Clinical documents added by healthcare providers including:
- Shared Health Summaries
- Event summaries
- Hospital discharge summaries
- Prescription records
- Specialist and referral documents
- Pathology and diagnosis imaging reports (Available in QLD in 2018)
- Personal health notes written by individuals including:
- Contact numbers and emergency contact details
- Current medications
- Allergy information and any previous adverse reactions
- Indigenous status
- Veteran or Australian Defence Force status
- Living will or advance care planning documents
- Child growth developments
What are the benefits of My Health Record?
The key benefits of the My Health Record system are:
- avoiding adverse drug events
- enhanced patient self-management
- improvements in patient outcomes
- reducing time gathering information
- avoiding duplication of services
The My Health Record website also has information regarding young people taking control of their own My Health Record. A person aged 14-17 years of age can take control of their own My Health Record. The Australian Digital Health Agency have created two fact sheets for 14-17 year olds:
- Information for 14-17 year olds about My Health Record
- How to opt out of My Health Record for 14-17 year olds
A young person under the age of 14 can take control of their record, they will need to provide a letter from a healthcare provider or a court stating that they are a ‘mature minor’ who can manage their own health. For more information please click here or phone the My Health Record helpline 1800 723 471.
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What security and access controls does My Health Record have?
The Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA), as the system operator, is responsible for the security of the My Health Record system. They have in place a comprehensive set of people, processes, and technology controls to protect health records from a cyber-attack.
Download Digital Health Cyber Security Centre presentation for more information.
Accessing and uploading to a My Health Record:
A My Health Record can be accessed by any registered healthcare providers involved in the care of a patient.
In registering for a My Health Record, patients provide standing consent for all healthcare organisations involved in their care to view and upload clinical information to their record. When uploading a new Shared Health Summary it is important that the patients consent is obtained. Although it is not legally required to obtain consent when uploading other document types, it is good medical practice to advise a patient when information is uploaded to their My Health Record.
The My Health Record legislation does not prevent a healthcare provider from accessing and viewing an individual’s My Health Record outside of a consultation provided that access is for the purpose of providing healthcare to the individual.
Individual access control:
Individuals control which healthcare organisations can access the information in their My Health Record by enabling advanced privacy controls. Individuals can limit access to their entire record or to some documents using an access code.
In an emergency, a provider can assert the emergency access functionality which will override the existing access controls for a specified period.
Download My Health Record Security fact sheet
Registering to access My Health Record as a Healthcare Organisation
The registration process for accessing the My Health Record system is available through Health Professionals Online Service (HPOS). Before using this registration process, you will need to have a PRODA account. If you are not already registered for PRODA you can register by clicking here.
Registration to the My Health Record system is also required to access a patient’s My Health Record. Compliance with a range of obligations is required when participating in the My Health Record system, as set out under the My Health Records Act 2012 , the My Health Records Regulation 2012 and the My Health Records Rule 2016. This includes having a policy in place that addresses certain matters, such as security measures and training of staff. Download a sample policy that can be adjusted and implemented within the organisation.
Once you are registered with the My Health Record system there are a couple of steps you will need to complete in order to access and use the system.
All healthcare providers and organisations will need to have the following:
- Healthcare Provider Identifier for Organisations, more commonly referred to as: HPI-O.
- The HPI-O is a unique 16 digital number used to identify organisations which deliver healthcare in Australia. To be eligible for a HPI-O the organisation must provide health-related services and employ an identified healthcare provider. For more information and to complete registration please click here.
- Healthcare Provider Identifier for Individual, more commonly known referred to as: HPI–I.
- The HPI-I identifies an individual healthcare provider who provides healthcare, such as general practitioners, allied health professionals, specialists, nurses, dentists and pharmacists, among others. The health care provider will need to input their HPI-I into conformant software to access a patients My Health Record. The HPI-I can be obtained through AHPRA by calling 1300 419 495.
Accessing through PRODA
If yourself or your organisation will be accessing the My Health Record system through PRODA and not using conformant software you can click here for detailed steps on how to complete the set up.
Using conformant software
If the organisation is using conformant software to access My Health Record there are critical steps that need to be completed to ensure set up is complete.
The Australian Digital Health Agency have provided detailed steps on what information you will receive, how to set up and access once registration has been successful, please click here to find out more information.
Individual software vendors are able to provide support in the setup of the My Health Record. Please call your vendor for more information.
The Digital Health team can also provide support in relation to the set up and registration of My Health Record. Please feel free to contact the Digital Health team via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1300 467 265.
Accessing and uploading documents
The My Health Record website is equipped with resources to assist in the implementation and interaction of the My Health Record system. Please click the below link as they are relevant:
- Allied Health
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services
- General Practice
For quick access to clinical software summary sheets for Genie, Medical Director, Best Practice, Zedmed, Communicare, and MedTech32 click here.
The Digital Health team at the Brisbane South PHN are also able to provide support in registration, implementation and training. If you would like further support or have any questions please contact the Digital Health team via email email@example.com or phone 1300 467 265.
Training and promotional resources
Access to training and promotional resources is available through the Australian Digital Health Agency website.
Self-paced training for providers
These self-paced training modules introduce the key principles which will underpin use of the My Health Record system and demonstrate its features and functionalities. The training covers a range of topics and includes specific modules for general practice, community pharmacy, hospitals, specialists, allied health and residential aged care.
Simulated test environment
Simulate the use of the My Health Record functionality in a number of clinical software is available. The simulation mode can be used to learn how to upload, view and register a patient.
The following clinical software systems are available in simulation mode: Best Practice, Communicare, Genie, Med Tech, Medical Director and Zedmed.
- Access the test simulation environment.
There are a number of promotional resources for health care professionals and consumers that can be used to inform consumers about My Health Record.
- Brochures in languages other than English
- How to set privacy and security controls
- Security practices and policies checklist
- Managing your own record