What is My Health Record?
My Health Record was developed as a tool to help people keep all their important health information together in one place. It is a sturdy booklet which contains paper pages where you, your carer or your health care provider can fill in your latest health information. It also contains plastic sleeves where you can keep important documents such as test results, prescriptions, appointment cards and medication summaries and treatment plans.
My Health Record was launched in December 2002. It was developed following broad consultation with stakeholders including general practitioners and consumers.
Why would I use My Health Record?
People with a chronic disease may receive care from many health professionals. In some cases, it can be difficult to keep track of important health information.
My Health Record helps you share your health information with all your health service providers.
It also gives you a written record of your care and treatment so you can use this information to keep healthy. You can have immediate access to your health information such as treatment plans, diet and exercise plans, diagnostic test results, medications, allergies and emergency contact numbers.
My Health Record belongs to you, and you can decide how you would like to use it. It is up to you to decide which information you would like to have entered. Your privacy is respected at all times. Use of My Health Record is entirely voluntary, so you don't have to use it if you don't want to, or if you don't think it would be useful for you. If you decide not to use it, your care will continue as usual.
Where do I get My Health Record?
Copies of My Health Record are available from your doctor, public hospital or community health centre. My Health Record can be sent to your home at no cost from the NSW Health Better Health Centre.