WAPHA recently hosted a visit by the Australian Digital Health Agency’s CEO Tim Kelsey and Deputy Chair of the My Health Record Expansion Program Dr Steve Hambleton.

As the Agency is leading the My Health Record roll-out across the nation, it was the ideal opportunity for many of WA’s peak health and social care bodies to find out about how this initiative will improve health care and health outcomes, and the part they can play in raising awareness among their member organisations.

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

Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff can see these details online from anywhere at any time when they need to, such as in an accident or emergency. As more people use My Health Record, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. This will result in faster and more efficient care for all Australians and puts the patient in control of their record. For more information on My Health Record visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.