What’s a ‘My Health Record’ and how can you find yours?

Consumers August 17, 2018

A ‘My Health Record’ is an accessible online summary of your key health information.

Since 2012, the Australian Government has been building an electronic system where Australians can access all their health information in one place. From 2016, this system was known as ‘My Health Record’.

What’s on a My Health Record?

Your My Health Record will allow you to review your health history for the very first time through a secure online portal.

Your record may include:

  • a shared health summary which would be uploaded by your doctor. This will allow new doctors, health professionals and other healthcare providers you visit to access your health details,
  • summaries of your hospital discharges,
  • reports from any tests and scans,
  • details about medications your doctor has prescribed,
  • and referral letters from your doctors.

Doctors aren’t the only ones who can contribute to your My Health Record. You can also add important health details such as:

  • your current medications,
  • emergency contacts,
  • allergy information and your history of allergic reactions,
  • your Indigenous, Veterans’ or Australian Defence Force status,
  • and your advance care plan.

Your My Health Record may also include up to two years’ of data from Medicare, including immunisations, organ donation decisions, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) information and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) information where relevant. 

Be in control of your health
Getting access to a complete record of your health history is something that Australians have previously been unable to do. If you’re concerned about the safety of your health information, the government has promised that each person who agrees to a My Health Record can set their own access controls. This means you can choose exactly who reviews your health information. To learn more about the privacy and security options of your record, read more here.

How to get started with your My Health Record

Registering and accessing your My Health Record means you’ll need to create a myGov account. Once you’ve created a myGov account, you’ll need to “link a service” and choose My Health Record.

After verifying your identity, you’ll be able to start building and adding your health record.

Don’t worry if you can’t see any information when you first log in – once you visit a nurse, doctor or health professional, your log of information will start to grow. If you haven’t already enabled a My Health Record, it will be accessible to you from November 13, 2018.

Does a My Health Record sound right for you?
If you’re not ready to share your information with health professionals or aren’t sure about accessing your details online, you can always opt out of My Health Record. Remember, you can choose to opt out of the My Health Record system until January 31, 2019.

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