MY HEALTH RECORD
MY HEALTH RECORD - 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.
NOTE! On 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.
The measures allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their lives. Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person can delete their record permanently at any time. These changes are in response to the Australian community's calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.
You can access your health information from any computer or device that's connected to the internet.
Whether you’re visiting a GP for a check-up, or in an emergency room following an accident and are unable to talk, healthcare providers involved in your care can access important health information, such as:
medicines you are taking
medical conditions you have been diagnosed with
pathology test results like blood tests.
This can help you get the right treatment as Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere at any time when they need to, like in an accident or emergency. This will result in better, faster and more efficient care for you and your family. You don’t need to be sick to benefit from having a My Health Record - it’s a convenient way to record and track your health information over time.
MY HEALTH RECORD - ACCESS & SECURITY
YOU CONTROL YOUR RECORD
You can choose to share your health information with the healthcare providers involved in your care. If you wish, you can manage your My Health Record by adding your own information and choosing your privacy and security settings. For example, you can:
set access controls to restrict who can and can’t see your health information
review your own health information, and see the information your healthcare providers can see
set up SMS or email notifications so you know when a healthcare provider first accesses your record.
CONTROLLING ACCESS TO YOUR RECORD
You control who accesses the information in your My Health Record.
All documents in My Health Record are set to general access for healthcare providers by default. This means any providers who are involved in your care can see this information. You can change your access controls at any time.
You have the option to control who can or can’t see your health information. The changes to privacy and security you can make are:
Children’s records are managed by an authorised representative, usually a parent or legal guardian.
LGP patients, please allow your LGP doctors access to your My Health Record so they are able to upload, view and share your health information. By allowing access to your documents in your My Health Record, our doctors will gain a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment for you. Should there be any information you do not want uploaded to your My Health Record account, please let your doctor know and your request will be met.
Your My Health Record is linked to your myGov account, which provides you with secure access to a range of Australian Government services, including Medicare, Centrelink and the Australian Taxation Office. myGov is a secure Australian Government service that can only be accessed using a password and the answer to a secret question or an access code.
All security and privacy settings in your My Health Record apply to information accessed via your desktop computer, mobile, or app.