My Health Record: Your questions answered on cybersecurity, police and privacy
The way the record works
As a patient, how can I know if my My Health Record information is being maintained by my doctor?
When I get a prescription, how do I know whether I need to ask to make an update to my My Health Record? Does this vary by provider?
What happens to your My Health Record after you die?
Will any private health insurance companies have access?
The opt-out period
How can I opt out?
- By visiting www.myhealthrecord.gov.au and opting out using the online portal.
- Over the phone by calling 1800 723 471.
- Or on paper by completing a form and returning it by mail. Forms will be available in 2,385 rural and remote Australia Post outlets, through 146 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and in 136 prisons.
What happens to the people who end up with a My Health Record, and then decide to opt out?
Is a record automatically generated if a doctor uploads a document during the opt-out period, even if you did not create one yourself?
What about children who aren't born yet — can they opt out?
Protection of your data
Which service provider will manage the infrastructure to ensure it isn't vulnerable to a cyber-attack?
If a doctor downloads files from My Health Record, what's to stop her from sharing those files within the practice?
- You can set a Record Access Code and give it only to healthcare professionals you want to access your record.
- If you want to restrict certain documents, you can set a Limited Document Access Code.