9 out of 10 Australians have a My Health Record

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The Australian Digital Health Agency has announced that 9 out 10 Australians will have a My Health Record following the conclusion of the opt-out period.

Based on the number of people eligible for Medicare as of 31 January 2019 (25,459,544), the participation rate is 90.1 per cent, with a national opt-out rate of 9.9 per cent.

While the opt-out period ended on 31 January 2019, Australians are able to cancel and have their My Health Record permanently deleted from the system at any time in the future. Similarly, individuals who may have opted out can create a record at any stage if they choose.

Patients with a My Health Record, can view their health information securely online, from anywhere, at any time – even if when they move or travel interstate.

Healthcare professionals can upload information to a patient's My Health Record and view information uploaded by other health professionals.

There are strict rules and regulations about who can see and use My Health Record to protect patient's information from misuse.

My Health Record has multi-layered and strong safeguards in place to protect information including encryption, firewalls, secure login, authentication mechanisms and audit logging.

Records created through the opt-out process will be available shortly.

Patients can securely access their My Health Record via the MyGov portal. If they do not have a myGov account, instructions on how to create one are available here

Still have questions about My Health Record?

SEMPHN's My Health Record team is visiting practices all over the catchment to help answer any questions about My Health Record. 

The team will be travelling from 25 March until 5 April, so register your interest today! 

Contact the Digital Health Team to book a practice visit by calling 03 8514 4460 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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