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The My Health Record, previously known as the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), is a shared electronic summary of an individual’s health information.

It contains documents such as:

  • Discharge summaries
  • Referral letters
  • Correspondence
  • Medication records
  •  Immunisation records
  • Pathology and radiology reports

It does not replace medical records that have already been created but provides a convenient and secure place to store health information to share with health providers.

How is the Eye and Ear involved?

The Eye and Ear Hospital began uploading discharge summaries in late 2018 for those patients who have a My Health Record and provide consent.
As of 20th September 2021, we are also uploading Pharmacist Shared Medicines List (PSML) to My Health Record. PSML is a comprehensive and accurate medication list curated by our Pharmacists that services our overnight patients on discharge. One copy of PSML will also be provided to the patient and GP upon discharge.

What are the benefits of a My Health Record?

The My Health Record system is intended to improve the health of patients by enabling more efficient communication with their healthcare providers.

Other benefits include:

  • Personal control over who sees your My Health Record and which documents it contains
  • Healthcare professionals can access the information in your My Health Record in a medical emergency to provide the best possible treatment and care
  • You will not need to remember all of your medical history every time you visit a healthcare practitioner as it will be available in one place
  • Prevention of unnecessary repeated tests as the results will be available in your record

How secure is the information uploaded to My Health Record?

The My Health Record system has many safeguards in place to protect the sensitive information stored and to maintain the privacy of individuals. Some of these include the same kind of encryption used in banks, firewalls to block unlawful access, secure login mechanisms, and audit trails of access.

Access to your My Health Record can also be personally controlled by changing the privacy settings to only allow certain healthcare providers access or by restricting which documents may be viewed.

Unauthorised access to a My Health Record is punishable by law and significant penalties apply to those who deliberately misuse the system.

For more information or to register for a My Health Record

Pharmacist Shared Medicines Lists being uploaded to patient My Health Records

The Eye and Ear are pleased to announce that the  Pharmacist Shared Medicines List (PSML) project went live on Monday, 20 September, 2021.  https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/howtos/pharmacist-shared-medicines-list

As a result of this initiative the Eye and Ear is uploading PSML information to patient My Health Records (MyHR). PSML will contain a comprehensive and accurate medication list curated by our Pharmacists that services our overnight patients on discharge. It will highlight changes that have been made during the patient’s hospital stay – ie medicines that have been changed – ceased, directions or dosage changed or newly initiated medicines and recommended duration of use.

What medicines does it include?

This list may include prescription medicines and non-prescriptions medicines, and include the reasons for and how and when to take these medicines.

What are the key benefits?

The list will help increase visibility of the medication list to other healthcare professionals such as community pharmacists, GPs and specialists. In practical terms this means:

  • Timely access to pharmacist curated medication list on discharge on MyHR
  • Better continuity of patient care between providers and health care organisations
  • Improved patient safety by minimizing medication error which is common during transition of care
  • Support for a secure distribution pathway for sensitive information via MyHR
  • Improved accessibility to medicines information for patients

What else do I need to note?

PSML will be uploaded for patients that have given MyHR consent only.