How is this Digital Health Record different to the My Health Record?
The Digital Health Record is a more detailed record than the My Health Record, which only holds a summary of key health information.
For example, the Digital Health Record will include data on observations performed by clinicians, details about who administered a medication and at what time, as well as information from devices such as heart rate monitors.
It will include information on what bed a person is assigned and operating theatre bookings including surgery staffing information.
Both the Digital Health Record and the My Health Record are useful and complementary. Relevant data from the Digital Health Record will be automatically uploaded to the My Health Record for people that have not opted out, as it is now from our current systems.
Why can’t a person opt out of the Digital Health Record
There are laws that require health services to collect and store medical information. This is already done in the ACT, but currently the information is stored in mix of paper records and in many separate clinical IT systems.
In the future this information will be collected in the Digital Health Record. It’s important that staff are able to access your accurate health information quickly when you require care.
While people cannot choose whether their information is held in the Digital Health Record, some sharing functions will be optional. For example, people will be able to decide if they would like to share detailed information from the Digital Health Record with external members of their health care team such as their GP or private specialists.
How will you ensure privacy and security of information?
Most of the health information that will be collected in the Digital Health Record is already being collected, either on paper or in existing clinical IT systems.
The Digital Health Record will be designed from the ground up with privacy and security in mind with input from consumers.
There are government processes and laws that provide assurance that people’s sensitive information is protected. The ability to protect this sensitive information will be a critical factor in determining which solution is chosen.
The Digital Health Record is intended to make information more readily available to the health care team at the point of care, however who can access this information will be strictly controlled.