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Patients & Visitors

My Health Record

Austin Health is participating in the My Health Record system

Austin Health clinicians are now able to access your My Health Record. This means that if you have a My Health Record:

  • Austin Health clinicians can view your My Health Record in order to provide you with healthcare. Austin Health has strict policies and procedures to ensure that the privacy of your information is protected. 
  • Austin Health will upload inpatient discharge summaries to your My Health Record. This is an automatic upload. 

You have the right to withdraw your consent to have your Austin Health discharge summary uploaded to your My Health Record. Please let us know at your next visit if you have any concerns about this or call Health Information Services on telephone 9496 5447.

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is the name of the national digital health record system. It is an online summary of an individual's key health information. It bring together health information from health care providers, Medicare and the patient. Over time, it may include details on a patient's medical conditions, discharge / health summaries, medicines, allergies and test results.

Who has a My Health Record?

A My Health Record has been created for all Australians that did not opt out during the Australian Government's opt out period.

My Health Record needs to be activated

Before information can be added to a My Health Record it must first be activated. This can occur by an individual logging into their My Health Record or a registered health care provider searching for an individual's My Health Record.

You can cancel your My Health Record

Australians that have not opted out can still cancel their My Health Record at any time by:

What if you want a My Health Record in the future?

If an individual has opted out but changes their mind in the future, they can register for a My Health Record at any time at the above website.

Will My Health Record be useful for me?

My Health Record can help you by:

  • Keeping track of your own health history
  • Enabling other health professionals you authorise to see your key health summary so you don't have to repeat it or worry about forgetting important information, like medications 
  • Helping you and your healthcare providers to better manage complex or chronic conditions.

Privacy Controls within My Health Record

  • You can customise access to your My Health Record by setting access controls, including restricting who can see your information
  • You can restrict access to certain documents 
  • You can delete documents in My Health Record
  • You can see who has looked at your information and when 

All use of the My Health Record system is monitored by the Australian Digital Health Agency Cyber Security Centre. For further information, refer to the My Health Record website.

You also have the right to withdraw your consent to have your Austin Health discharge summary uploaded to your My Health Record. Please let us know at your next visit to Austin Health if you have any concerns about this or call Health Information Services on telephone 9496 5447.

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