My Health Record roadshow to hit Northam and York

A team of My Health Record experts will be visiting Bindoon, Northam and York on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12 to inform the community about the benefits of My Health Record, and how to opt-out, if they wish.

By the end of 2018, every Australian will have a digital My Health Record, unless they choose not to have one.

Having a My Health Record means that a summary of a person’s important health information like allergies, current conditions and treatments, medication details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one place.

WA Primary Health Alliance general manager Linda Richardson said My Health Record will contribute to better patient outcomes and improved patient care.

“Working across the health sector, we see the need for more efficient information sharing,” she said.

“That is one of the significant benefits of My Health Record as it will connect the different health providers through one system and give people more insight and control of their own health information.

“Having a My Health Record has many advantages and it is easily accessible to authorised doctors, specialists, hospitals, and allied health professionals.

“It will be much more convenient, not having to remember and repeat your medical history, including chronic conditions and medications, as all this information can be uploaded to the My Health Record by healthcare providers.

“When medical emergencies arise when travelling from a regional area to the city or interstate, a hospital can quickly access the person’s My Health Record, review their health summary and treat them appropriately, something that currently is not available.”

Corrigin pharmacist Michelle Hooper said My Health Record will provide a clear view of people’s medications, and their history of doctor, specialist visits, pathology and imaging.

“I set up a My Health Record for myself, my husband, my two children, and my parents and parents in law,” she said.

“It has given me peace of mind to have it, knowing that the doctors and the hospital they visit can refer to it.”

Tuesday 11 September

Bindoon Hall, 1:30pm and York CRC, 5pm

Wednesday 12 September

Boulevard Shopping Centre, Northam; 9:30am – 11:30am