My Health Record is a secure online summary of your health information. You can control what goes into it, and who is allowed to access it. You can choose to share your health information with your doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers
At the moment, you can register for the MHR through the mygov.au website, or we can do it for you at the practice (an easier option). From 2018 the Government has decided to implement the MHR as an “opt-out” system, meaning that you will have My Health Record created for you unless you decide to opt out. You will receive a letter from the Government (to the address associated with your Medicare card) some time in 2018 advising you of this.
Currently there is limited information being uploaded to the MHR, but it can include most public hospital discharge summaries, medications that have been dispensed to you, your recent immunisation history, and a shared health summary that you and your GP have agreed to upload. The next phase will be the uploading of pathology and imaging results by some of those providers.
There are provisions for protecting your information, and once you have a My Health Record you should log on via the mygov website and set privacy controls. The Officer of the Australian Informatoin Commissioner has more information about protecting your information, go to this page.
If you do have a My Health Record it will be helpful to give consent to the practice to access it as needed.