A Shared Electronic Health record enables authorised health care providers at any after-hours medical centre or hospital emergency department, access to an electronic summary of your health information.
Why is it so important to share health information?
To get the best care possible, as quickly as possibly by:
- Making sure tests aren’t repeated unnecessarily when results already exist.
- Enabling faster and better decisions to be made about your care.
- Alerting health professionals to any risk that treatment may cause due to your medical conditions, medications you are taking, or allergies you may have.
Once you sign up to the Shared Electronic Health Record, after-hours GPs and hospital emergency departments have access to:
- Your medications
- Your allergies
- Your medical conditions
- Radiology results
- Laboratory results
- Discharge summaries
General GP consultation notes are not available to be shared.
The information is stored securely in New Zealand, and all access to the information is recorded and routinely audited. You will be able to ask for information about who has accessed your Shared Electronic Health Record.
If you do not want any of your health information to be shared, you have the ability to opt-out or to withhold some of your information at any time. For more information visit sehr.org.nz.