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My Health Record opt-out period extended to 31 Jan 2019

Media Release: 10 July 2018

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA is partnering with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) to provide information for people living with arthritis about the My Health Record Expansion Program.

The partnership aims to provide information about My Health Record and its benefits for all Australians, and to advise those who choose not to have one how to opt out of the process.

By the end of 2018, the Agency will have a digitised My Health Record for all Australians except those who opt out. Doctors, pharmacists and authorised healthcare providers will be able to access a person’s My Health Record to assist in their treatment of patients and issues such as prescription of medicines and advance care planning.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA will help to spread the word about the benefits of My Health Record for people living with arthritis. These benefits include reduced hospital admissions, reduced duplication of tests, better-coordinated care, and better informed treatment decisions.

Arthritis Australia CEO Ms Ainslie Cahill said My Health Record would be of great benefit both to people with arthritis and their healthcare team by providing access to all of an individual’s health related information in the one place.

‘If you have arthritis you often have to see many health professionals to help you manage your condition, and it can be difficult to remember information about tests or treatments they have prescribed,” Ms Cahill said.

“Communication between providers can also break down sometimes, leading to fragmented care. With a My Health Record, you and your health care team can access all your up-to-date health care information whenever it is needed, so your care is safer, more effective and better integrated.”

Agency CEO Tim Kelsey said that the benefits of digital health for patients are significant and compelling.

“Having a My Health Record means that your important health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, and pathology and diagnostic imaging reports can be digitally stored in one place.

“My Health Record also places Australians in control of their healthcare and gives authorised healthcare providers secure digital access to key health information at the point of care, wherever that may be,” Mr Kelsey said.

People who choose not to have a My Health Record will be able to register not to have one during an extended opt-out period occurring between 16 July and 31 January 2019.

For further information on My Health Record go to www.myhealthrecord.gov.au


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