Mid North Coast residents, especially seniors, are being encouraged to register online for My Health Record, for secure, safer health care.
Nationals Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, said the simple system puts local patients at the forefront and can help health professionals do their job faster.
“My Health Record is particularly useful for our many so-called ‘grey nomads’ who travel from the Mid North Coast around our nation,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“No matter where they are, this online system gives people control over their personal health information.
“Being registered on My Health Record also gives peace of mind, that health professionals can quickly access this vital information at the point of care.”
My Health Record presents information from across the health system, through a GP uploading a shared health summary record, Medicare data, public and private pathology and radiology reports and hospital discharge summaries.
Mr Hartsuyker said My Health Record would reduce the risk of medical misadventures by collecting and storing accurate medical records.
Comprehensive operator, process, and technology controls are in place to keep My Health Record secure and protect health records from a cyber-attack.
“Individuals can also control what information is in their My Health Record, and which health care provider organisations can access the information, with an extensive range of privacy settings,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
More than five million Australians are already using My Health Record, with the Turnbull Government investing $374.2 million to further expand the system, allowing every Australian to have a My Health Record by December 2018, unless they choose to opt out.
For My Health Record information and to register, go to myhealthrecord.gov.au.