My Health Record is an online summary of your health information. You control what information is stored, and who can access it. Health information stored in your record can include information from you, your healthcare providers, and Medicare.
Your My Health Record allows you to share your health information with doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers from anywhere, at any time. It stores information on allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, and test or scan results in one place.
Healthcare providers such as doctors, specialists and hospital staff may also be able to access your My Health Record online at any time if they need to, such as in an accident or emergency. This can help you get the right treatment.
By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one and opt out. You can find out more about My Health Record here.
The Digital Health Agency has produced a range of consumer fact sheets and guides to help consumers understand how to navigate My Health Record and how to protect their personal information.
Close to 90% of Australians now have a My Health Record and it's important for consumers to understand how to use them to their advantage and how to keep their information safe.
On Thursday 15 November 2018 the Senate passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. The Bill will need to go back to the House of Representatives, which sits again on Monday 26 November 2018. If passed by the House of Representatives in its current form, it will then be assented and become law. Following the Senate vote to extend the opt-out period, the Minister for Health has announced that the opt-out period will be extended until 31 January 2019. The amendments that passed the Senate yesterday are another step in ensuring the system has the confidence of the Australian public, promotes greater health outcomes and protects the privacy and security of people’s health information.
There are a number of amendments in the Bill that strengthen the My Health Records privacy and security protections. A summary of the changes is available here
The Australian Digital Health Agency was established in 2016 by the governments of Australia to lead the development of the National Digital Health Strategy (the Strategy) and its implementation. The Strategy is the product of detailed consultation and co-production with patients, consumers and carers – and the healthcare professionals, industry,organisations and innovators who serve them. It draws on evidence of clinical and economic benefit from many sources within Australia and overseas. You can find out more here.
Monday the 16 July was the first day for consumers to opt out for My Health Record. This year you will get a My Health Record unless you opt out during the three-month period from 16 July to 15 November 2018. My Health Record is an online summary of your key health information. When you have a My Health Record, your health information can be viewed securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device that’s connected to the internet. You can find out more about My Health Record and the details for opting out here.
Donna Sedgman from the Australian Digital Health Agency will be joining the Health Consumers NSW for a Facebook Live session on Thursday 19 July at 2:30pm. The session will look at the benefits and risks of My Health Record. You can find out more details about the event here.
Consumers Health Forum of Australia have published a blog on the pros and cons of My Health Record. You can access the summary here.