Its time to sign up for your electronic health record

Its time to sign up for your electronic health record

14 February 2013

A community survey undertaken this week by Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) has revealed a huge opportunity for people to learn more about a Personally Controlled Electronic Health (eHealth) Record, to register for their own record, and to reap the benefits of having their health information all in the one spot.

Over 250 people aged between 15 and 83 were surveyed by NSML at its healthcare education booth at the recent Mardi Gras Fair Day. The results showed only 8 per cent of those surveyed knew what an eHealth Record was, with the majority not aware of it, the benefits, or how to register.

eHealth Records are great for families, people who travel, chronic care patients, people with allergies, sporting injuries, or anyone in cases of emergency, said NSMLs eHealth spokesperson, Dr James Baker.

An eHealth Record will, over time, allow key health information to be shared rapidly by doctors involved in your or your childs or family members care, at any time of the day or night, he continued.

Setting up and maintaining an eHealth record is free, and you can register for yourself as well as your dependents.

You wont have to search for information outside surgery hours, or rely on your memory when you might be stressed, unwell or tired, said Dr Baker.

The simplest way to get your eHealth Record is to register online at www.ehealth.gov.au and then register for access to Centrelink, Medicare and/or Child Support Online Services.

For more information on eHealth records, call Medicare on: 1300 361 457 or visit www.nsml.com.au

Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) is a local not-for-profit organisation working to make it easier for people in Hornsby, Ryde, Ku-ring-gai and Hunters Hill to access the health services they need. For more information on Northern Sydney Medicare Local, visit www.nsml.com.au

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