Hardcopy health records take digital leap at local library

North Coast Primary Health Network media release - 25 September 2018

This November residents of Kempsey are encouraged to get first hand knowledge about My Health Record with community information stalls being held at Kempsey Library.

Situated amongst the paper-based publications at the Library, North Coast Primary Health Network staff will show community members how their health records will be going digital this year.

My Health Record is a digital library of an individual’s health documents which can be used by their providers to access information when in the process of providing healthcare. Storing information on medications prescribed and dispensed, immunisation records and test results, it can provide the individual with the power to choose which health care professional sees their information as well as what they see.

“People have lots of questions about what is in a My Health Record and can be surprised to find out it doesn’t contain all their medical history. The record is essentially empty when its created and has two years of Medicare data added only once its activated by the person or the first access by one of their healthcare practitioners,” said Community engagement and Communications Officer, Emma Dykes.

“When we explain all the security and privacy controls, it also assures people that this summary of their medical data is protected and that they ultimately have the power to choose who sees what, if they want to turn on those controls,” said Emma.

“From the parent who wants to keep track of their child’s immunisations, to the older person with chronic conditions, to the young traveler moving from state to state, My Health Record really has great value for all of the population and we are happy to explain how at these library sessions.”

Information sessions

Residents are welcome to visit Kempsey Library to ask questions and find out more about My Health Record at the following times:

  • Kempsey Library, Tuesday 6th November, 10:30am-12:30pm

This year all Australians with a Medicare or Department of Veterans’ Affairs Card will be given a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one. Individuals who choose to opt out can do so until 15 November 2018 by visiting myhealthrecord.gov.au  or by calling the helpline on 1800 723 471

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