Keeping track of health information this Daffodil Day

 

By the age of 85, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimate that half of all Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. It’s essential that people know about the signs and symptoms to look out for in order to start treatment early.

To assist in keeping on top of their health, this Daffodil Day on August 25, Australians are urged to learn about how having a My Health Record can benefit them.

Having a My Health Record can help medical professionals keep track of scan and test assessments of a patient who potentially has cancer. Using My Health Record can reduce duplication of tests by keeping health documents safely and securely in one place. Saving time from chasing up paperwork, doctors, nurses and other key specialists, can then devote more time to providing better healthcare for the patient.

Dr. Meredith Makeham, General Practitioner, Clinical Profession and Chief Medical Adviser of the Australian Digital Health Agency, says having a My Health Record can improve the team collaboration between medical professionals:

“If we can all see the same information, we can work much more effectively as a team and support the person who we are trying to care for.”

Australians with a Medicare or Veterans’ Affairs Card will have a My Health Record at the end of 2018, unless they choose not to. The opt out period will run until 15 October 2018.

To learn more information about My Health Record, visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au or call for free on the helpline 1800 723 471 for further assistance.