My Health Record
As part of the Government’s initiative to provide comprehensive management of a patient’s health, My Health Record was developed to consolidate a person’s health records securely in one convenient location.
This means that important health information is available when and where it’s needed, including in an emergency. My Health Record uploads your personal health information each and every time you visit a medical professional, unless you have specified otherwise.
To ensure that patients understand what information may or may not be shared, a simplified overview of the most frequently asked questions has been provided below to allow patients to make informed decisions about their medical records and whether My Health Record is the right choice for them.
My Health Record FAQ’s
Start using My Health Record
All Australians now have a My Health Record, unless they chose to opt out before 31 January 2019. Log in to your My Health Record to view and manage your health information. You can decide what you want to include and start sharing health information with your treating healthcare providers.
People who can access your records.
Apart from you, the only people who can view or access your My Health Record are:
- Your healthcare providers, for example GPs, specialists, or hospital staff
- People you invite to help you manage your record (nominated representatives)
- People who manage your record for you if you are not able to (authorised representatives)
Control your privacy and security
My Health Record is a safe and secure system that stores your health information. You can take further steps to control your privacy by limiting who has access to your record.
Manage your record
My Health Record give you the ability to control and manage important health information.
Visiting your GP and healthcare providers
Health care providers like doctors, pathologists, and pharmacists can add clinical documents to your record.
A clinical document contains information about your health and care. There are a wide range of clinical documents that can be added.
Please visit the My Health Records website for more information: www.myhealthrecord.gov.au