What is it?
MHR is an online file of your medical history and Medicare information that is accessible by you and your health providers. Only healthcare provider organisations involved in your care, who are registered with the My Health Record System Operator, are allowed by law to access your MHR. This may include GPs, pharmacies, pathology labs, hospitals, specialists and allied health professionals. The aim of the MHR is to provide these practitioners with your medical information at any location, and thus improve the quality of your care and lower medical errors, especially in the case of emergencies.
How does it work?
The new records will be activated when logging in for the first time or when healthcare providers access a patient’s records. Two years of Medicare and pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) data will be uploaded, unless an individual chooses to exclude this information. Individuals will be able to upload personal notes, advanced care documentation, and medication and allergy information. Authorised healthcare providers using approved clinical information software will upload health information on allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test results.
If you do not wish to have a MHR, you must OPT out by 31 January 2019. Visit the MHR website.