My Health Record toolkits rolled out

The Federal Government is distributing nearly 20,000 new toolkits to better inform and educate people about My Health Record, an online summary of your health information.

The kits are designed to equip health practitioners and other agency partners with information and resources to help them advise Australians about My Health Record.

The toolkits contain information about privacy and security controls, examples of data included and how people can opt out or find more information. Contents include information brochures, factsheets, posters, notepads, tent cards and repeat script folders.

The My Health Record toolkits will be delivered to general practitioners, community pharmacies, Aboriginal health services, post offices and public and private hospitals across Australia by Friday, 13 July 2018.

“My Health Record provides a single online repository for vital health information such as immunisation status, medications, allergies and end of life preferences,” the Consumers Health Forum’s Leanne Wells said.

“With patient permissions, it will improve a care team’s access to information about a patient’s treatment to help coordinate care and minimise unnecessary tests, and costs to patients.

“For benefits to be realised, consumers will need to fully understand how to use My Health Record,” Ms Wells said.

By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian unless they choose not to have one.

The rollout of the kits will help Australians make informed decisions during the opt-out period for My Health Record, which begins on Monday, 16 July, and runs until 15 October 2018.

For further information, go to the website.

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