HEALTH RECORDS: More time has been given to consider staying in this new system.
HEALTH RECORDS: More time has been given to consider staying in this new system.

My Heath Record opt-out final date extended

AUSTRALIANS have been given more time to make up their minds about opting out of the online My Health Record.

The new cut-off date to make the choice is November 15, 2018.

The Federal Government has also committed to making changes to the legislation so that any time in the future a person can opt-out and their record permanently deleted from the system forever.

Another change will be strengthening the legislation to match the existing Australian Digital Health Agency policy. This policy will require a court order to release My Health Record information without consent. The amendment is aimed at ensuring no record can be released to police or government agencies for any purpose, without a court order.

"The Australian Digital Health Agency's policy is clear and categorical - no documents have been released in more than six years and no documents will be released without a court order. This will be enshrined in legislation," the government statement has detailed.  

"As the Australian Digital Health Agency has already stated, contrary to incorrect claims made by unions this week, under the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010, specifically subsection 14(2), healthcare providers cannot be authorised to collect, use or disclose a healthcare identifier, and as a consequence access a patient's My Health Record, for employment and insurance purposes.

"Under the Act it is expressly prohibited and using or disclosing a healthcare identifier without authority is an offence and subject to severe penalties, including two years in jail and a fine of $126,000."

Every Australian will automatically get a My Health Record unless they opt-out.

The online system will contain person's health information. That information will be available to viewed by the record holder at any time. It can also be shared with healthcare providers.

The type of information held in a person's record will contain a range of medical details such as allergies, current and past medicines, medical conditions and test results.

To opt out, go to optout.myhealthrecord.gov.au/pext/optoutextweb/views/getStarted.xhtml or ring the helpline on 1800 723 471.

For more information on My Health Record, go to www.myhealthrecord.gov.au.


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