The Australian Digital Health Agency has today announced that 9 out of 10 Australians now have a My Health Record following the conclusion of the opt-out period.
Based on the number of people eligible for Medicare as at 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.
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.
A My Health Record also allows healthcare providers involved in your care to view your health records. Health professionals can upload, view and share documents, giving them a more detailed picture with which to make decisions, diagnose and provide treatment to you.
There are strict rules and regulations about who can see and use your My Health Record to protect your information from misuse.
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.
Following the conclusion of the opt-out period, records are now available. Helpful information is available on the My Health Record website to help people access and use their My Health Record for the first time including setting extra privacy controls and personal preferences.
You can securely access your My Health Record via the myGov portal.
If you do not have a myGov account, find instructions on how to create one and link it to your My Health Record.
This news story was originally published on 20 February 2019