Take care of your loved one’s health record

This September, Dementia Awareness Month provides a great opportunity to see how My Health Record can benefit those living with chronic illness, such as dementia, and their carers.

Dementia affects nearly half a million people in Australia with an estimated 1.2 million people involved in their care. More connected healthcare is vital to assist those who do not always have the capacity to make health decisions on their own.

My Health Record allows family members or carers to apply to be authorised representatives and have full control over their loved one’s My Health Record. Filling in a form and providing a letter from their GP allows the representative to view information, remove documents and update the person’s health record as if it’s their own. An alternative for someone in early stages of dementia is to have Nominated Representatives who can assist in the health management process without full control of the Record.

One of the key benefits of a My Health Record is that it provides easy access to a person’s key health summary in one place. Health information added including medicines, test and scan results, and discharge summaries are all centralised on the system, assisting the process when seeing a new healthcare provider. This can help hospitals, GPs and specialists view a snapshot overview of the person’s health, especially during an emergency situation.
By the end of 2018, all Australians will be automatically created a My Health Record, unless they choose not to. If individuals do not want one, they can opt out by November 15.

To learn more information visit www.myhealthrecord.gov.au or call the free help line on 1800 723 471.

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