My Health Record Opt Out Date Announced
Tuesday, May 15 2018
More than five millions Australians already have a My Health Record, which provides a summary of their key health information, delivering better health outcomes for patients and their treating doctors and specialists.
Every Australian will be offered a My Health Record unless they choose not to have one during the three month opt out period that will run from 16 July to 15 October 2018.
The My Health Record system and opt out process has the full support of all state and territory governments, who unanimously agreed to this plan in August 2017 at COAG Health Council.
My Health Record also has the unanimous support from Australia’s peak health bodies, including the Australian Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and the Consumer Health Forum.
The protection of patient information is critical and the My Health Record system has strong safeguards in place to protect the health data. It is also subject to some of the strongest legislation in the world to prevent unauthorised use.
Australians can cancel their My Health Record at any time after the end of the opt out period – or create one, if they opted out.
Read more in the media release below and get more information via the Australian Digital Health Agency's Website.