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Last updated 29 March 2016

An important step in Australia’s digital health journey

Published 29 March 2016

Minister Sussan Ley at the My Health Record Launch

The recent launch of My Health Record signals the start of a new era of faster, more effective and more efficient healthcare for Australians.

We know that My Health Record can’t transform Australia’s healthcare system overnight, but it is an important first step in the evolution to new models of care that are enabled by digital technology.

My Health Record supports individuals to take an active role in their health management and to improve their health literacy. It allows healthcare providers to monitor patients, diagnose them early and detect emergencies before they happen to facilitate quality team care.

Minister for Health, Sport and Aged Care, Sussan Ley said “Digital services are now used in almost every part of our day-to-day lives, whether it is online banking or shopping.

My Health Record is another way in which technology can hugely improve our lives. The system is secure and regulated by law, just like online banking, to ensure that personal information is not misused or lost.”

“My Health Record will particularly benefit people who use a lot of health services, such as older people, families with young children, and people with chronic illness,” Sussan Ley said.

As the system builds up over time with more patient health information, it has the potential to benefit every Australian by giving them more control over their health and ensuring that they get the right treatment at the right time.

“The time has come for Australians to take a bigger more active role in their own health – in terms of preventing lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and in terms of managing the conditions they have.”

My Health Record helps people to do just that. There is even the possibility in the future that applications linking to wearable health monitors can load information to My Health Record, enabling healthcare providers to see this information through their own systems - with the tap of a finger.

Consumers in the Nepean Blue Mountains area in New South Wales and in Northern Queensland will have a My Health Record automatically created for them, unless they decide they don’t want one. They can advise their decision to opt-out online (without needing to establish a MyGov account), or alternatively they can gain access to their My Health Record and set access controls.

To find out more about the opt-out trials please visit the My Health Record website

To view the entire transcript from the Minister for Health, Sport and Aged Care, Sussan Ley please visit the Department of Health website

Last updated 29 March 2016