Having a My Health Record has important benefits for all Australians.
Learn more about how you can use My Health Record if you are:
- A working adult
- A parent
- An older Australian
- A young adult
- A carer
- Living with a chronic disease
- An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
- A veteran
Or keep reading to find out how My Health Record benefits all Australians.
A My Health Record will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019
You can choose to opt in or opt out of My Health Record at any time in your life. It’s your choice.
If you don’t want a record created for you after 31 January 2019, find out how to opt out now.
Better connected care
As more people use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. The result is safer, faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
It’s your choice who sees your My Health Record and what’s in it. You can choose to share your information with the healthcare providers involved in your care. By allowing your doctors to upload, view and share documents in your My Health Record, they will have a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you. You can also ask that some information not be uploaded to your record.
A secure system
My Health Record has multi-layered and strong safeguards in place to protect your information including encryption, firewalls, secure login, authentication mechanisms and audit logging.
There are strict rules and regulations about who can see and use your My Health Record to protect your information from misuse.
Access to your key health information in an emergency
In a medical emergency, healthcare providers connected to the My Health Record system can see your health information such as allergies, medicines and immunisations. This helps them to provide you with the best possible treatment and care.
Your health information in one place
Your health information will be available in one place, which means it can be easily accessed by your doctors, specialists or hospitals.
Once it’s set up you don’t need to do anything. Health information can be viewed securely online, anywhere, anytime – even if you move or travel interstate. You can access your health information from any computer or device connected to the internet.
A convenient snapshot of your health
When your healthcare provider uses your My Health Record, you won’t need to remember all the details of your medical story, such as your prescriptions or the names of tests you’ve had.
It also helps you keep track of your children’s health, immunisations and any medical tests.
What is My Health Record, why is it important, and how can it help?
This short video answers these questions from a variety of perspectives: the patient, the carer, and Australian Digital Health Agency staff members.