The Australian Government’s ‘My Health Record’ is changing

July 16, 2018 - 9:11am

The My Health Record is an online summary of an individual’s key health information including allergies, medical conditions, treatments, medication details, advance care planning documents, test and scan reports. Over five million Australians currently have a My Health Record, which aims to deliver better health outcomes for patients by enabling important health information to be securely shared between clinicians and their patients.

The My Health Record system is managed by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) and is a Australian Government initiative.

Before 16 July it is available as an opt-in service requiring informed consent, with approximately five million Australians now having a record.

The My Health Record system is changing from an opt-in model, to an opt-out one. The opt-out period is from 16 July to 15 October. By the end of 2018 a record will be created for every Australian automatically as a default.

You are able to choose your level of participation in the My Health Record system – you have the option to customise privacy and security settings, including: setting personal security codes, choosing which individuals and healthcare providers have permission to view and manage your record, choosing which information you would like to remove from your record and prohibiting secondary use of your data for research projects and programs.

Following the opt-out process, anyone that chose to opt-out will still be able to change their mind, but anyone with a record which was made automatically for them will not be able to have this data deleted. Instead, if someone chooses to “cancel” their My Health Record, the record will be deactivated rather than completely deleted.

As the My Health Record is an Australian Government initiative, please contact their helpline on 1800 723 471 or visit the My Health Record website at www.myhealthrecord.gov.au for more information. More information about the privacy and security settings available for My Health Records is available here.

For more information about the system and the opt out period please visit: Find out more about opt-out.