The Australian Parliament has recently passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. These changes are in response to the Australian community’s calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.
The measures also allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life.
Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person can delete their record permanently at any time.
Currently, more than 6.3 million Australians already have a My Health Record and over 14,000 healthcare professional organisations are connected, including general practices, hospitals, pharmacies, diagnostic imaging and pathology practices. My Health Record supports the health and care of Australians who choose to have one.