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Gippslanders are being encouraged to register online for the new My Health Record, which provides a shared health summary accessible to GPs.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the system gave patients control over their personal health information and made it easier for health professionals to access vital information.

“My Health Record is particularly useful for people who are travelling, and those who need to see a different GP,” Mr Chester said.

“Even when visiting a new medical clinic, GPs can access a patient’s medical history.”

My Health Record allows GPs to upload a shared health summary record, including Medicare data, public and private pathology and radiology reports, and hospital discharge summaries.

Safeguards are in place to keep My Health Record secure and protect health records from a cyber-attack.

“The new system provides a range of privacy settings so individuals can control what information is available in their My Health Record – and which organisations can access that information,” Mr Chester said.

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