What is it all about?
Over the coming months you will be hearing a lot of information regarding My Health Record. By October 15th 2018, a My Health Record (MHR) will be created for every Australian unless they choose to not have one. So what does it all mean for you?
My Health Record is the name of the national digital health record system. It is an online summary of your health information. Having a My Health Record means your important health information allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medications, test and scan results are digitally available in one place.
You control what goes into your record and who is allowed to access it. With your permission, doctors, specialists, hospitals and other healthcare providers can access the information online at any time – even if you move or travel interstate. If you wish to start using My Health Record you can register online using your myGov account. You are able to enter any allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions you may have to help healthcare providers give you better advice and treatment. You can set access controls to restrict which healthcare provider organisations can see your My Health Record, or certain information and documents in it. Information will not be disclosed to anyone else, unless required or permitted by law.
By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian unless they choose not to have one. See below for more information on how to opt out.
If you decide that you do not want a My Health Record created on your behalf, you will have the opportunity to inform the Australian Digital Health Agency during a three-month period. This period will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018. It is not possible to opt out of having a My Health Record before this period starts on 16 July 2018.
If you have an extensive or complex medical history, take medications on a regular basis or have a chronic disease the Panaceum Group suggests not opting out of a My Health Record. This service enables healthcare providers to access your important information from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency.
Panaceum is not yet connected to My Health Record but will be by the end of 2018.
Information leaflets are available in the practice with details directing you to further resources or you may like to contact the Digital Health Agency. Here are some helpful contacts:
Digital Health Agency help line on 1800 723 471 or visit their website myhealthrecord.gov.au
How to Opt out or cancel your My Health Record?