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Digital future: Health Minister Sussan Ley launched the federal government’s digital health record on Friday in Kingswood. Penrith residents will be among the first to trial the program.Penrith residents are among the first to trial the federal government’sdigital health record.
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The record is a secure online summary of a person’s health information such as allergies, treatments, medications and adverse reactions that can be accessed by healthcare practitioners chosen by the patient.

Launching the program on Friday at the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network officein Kingswood, Health Minister Sussan Ley said everyone would automatically have a record created, but people could “opt out” if they preferred not to take part.

Thesystem, costing $485 million over three years,replaces theLabor government’sPersonally Controlled Electronic Health Record, which was an “opt in” system and led to less than one in 10 Australians signing up.

Penrith residents will take part in the trial, as well as residents inLithgow, Blue Mountains andthe Hawkesbury. The second trial region is in North Queensland.

All residents will receive a letter from the Department of Health giving them details about My Health Record. Then in June the online health records will be created. The trial is expected to run until October when it will be reviewed.

The plan is for My Health Record tobe accessible toGPs, pharmacists and other health specialists anywhere in Australia. If a person presents at a hospitalemergency department, the patient’s record would be at medical professionals’ fingertips.

“Our newMy Health Recordmeans people will not have to remember the names of the medications prescribed, details of diagnosis and treatments, allergies, medical procedures and there will be no need to repeat the same information when they see another doctor or go to hospital,” Ms Ley said.

The system would be password protected and patients can restrict access to specific GPs or hospitals and delete files from their record.

To combat privacy concerns, there would be steep fines and possible jail sentences.

Trial participant Greg Langton from Windsor thought the digital record was a good idea.

“It has far-reaching things of benefit, even with a day at the football [in the event of an accident],” he said.

Dr Michael Crampton, a GP who has worked in the Windsor area for 30 years, said it would no longer require a patient to try andremember all the relevant information to tell their health care professional.

“It’s a complete collection of health information available wherever the patient receives care,” he said.

“GPs will need to work with patients to curate files so it’s up-to-date and accurate. It will take time for the consumer and GP to do so.”

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