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My Health Record: what you can do!
Andrew Daniels shares his thoughts on how My Health Record can help pharmacies build digital health capabilities, as published in Post Script Australia on Monday 6 November 2017.
Pharmacies should understand why My Health Record is important and how their customers can participate, writes Andrew Daniels.
Already 5,160,000 Australians have a My Health Record and by the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they decide not to have one.
As more people get a My Health Record pharmacy staff are likely to be queried about it. So what is My Health Record?
Simply put, having a My Health Record means your important health information such as allergies, current conditions and treatments, medicine details, pathology reports or diagnostic imaging scan reports can be digitally stored in one place and allows access a summary of the their health record when they need to.
When it comes to including medicines on a My Health Record, customers can even add a note to their My Health record of any over-the-counter, Schedule 2 and Schedule 3 medicines they are using regularly. Pharmacy assistants can play an important role by encouraging customers to make a note on their My Health record.