My Health Record

My Health Record logoKey Messages

  • My Health Record is an electronic summary of an individual’s key health information.
  • Individuals can choose to set up online access to their My Health Record through myGov.
  • The system operator is the Australian Digital Health Agency, a Commonwealth Government body, not the Tasmanian Government.
  • The My Health Record is changing from an opt-in model to an opt-out model.
  • Individual’s have four-months to opt-out of a My Health Record.
  • The opportunity to opt-out began 16 July and will end 15 November 2018. During this period, individuals can opt-out of a My Health Record by:
  • By December 2018, all eligible Australians will have a My Health Record, unless they chose not to have one
  • Need help or have a question? Please contact the national Help line on 1800 723 471 or visit their My Health Record website

What is My Health Record?

My Health Record is a secure federal online summary of a person’s health information that either they, and/or their authorised healthcare providers involved in their care can access to inform treatment decisions and options.

My Health Record can be personally controlled, allowing each individual to control what goes into it and who can access it.

Benefits of the My Health Record System

The My Health Record system allows individuals to manage their own health record online and their healthcare providers to to access this information to better inform clinical managment.

Because the system is national, if the patient moves interstate or between public and private providers, their critical health information is available wherever they go.

My Health Record Privacy and Security

The My Health Record system is underpinned by strong legislation and includes penalties for the unauthorised access, use and disclosure of patient health information.

Further information on privacy and access controls is available on the My Health Record website, or through phoning the national My Health Record Help line on 1800 723 471.

My Health Record in the Tasmanian Public Health System

Clinicians in Tasmanian Public Hospitals cannot currently view your My Health Record. Work is underway to make viewing available later in 2018.

Public Hospitals in Tasmania can send some discharge summaries, medication information and diagnostic reports to your My Health Record, if you have registered with the national system.

Not all these documents will be uploaded every time you receive treatment at a Public Hospital.

This is because sometimes your clinician may use a paper based process, or system which isn’t yet connected to the My Health Record.

Public Hospitals also do not currently upload information to My Health Record for people under 18. It is expected that uploading for all Tasmanians with a My Health Record will commence later in 2018.

To see which hospitals and laboratories are connected to the My Health Record please visit the ‘who is using digital health’ section of the national My Health Record website.

My Health Record Consent in the Tasmanian Public Health System

When you are treated in a Tasmanian Public Hospital, records relating to your care such as discharge summaries, medications and pathology or radiology reports may be uploaded to your My Health Record, if you have one. This is called ‘standing consent’.

You will need to let your treating Tasmanian Public Hospital know if you do not want clinical documents uploaded to your My Health Record.

When you withdraw consent all document uploading to your My Health Record will cease from that point in time, until you reinstate your consent again.

You can reinstate your consent at any time, and each time you change your consent status you will be asked to complete a form.

It is not possible for your treating Tasmanian Public Hospital to stop a singular document, and/or remove a document retrospectively from your My Health Record.

However, you control the information in your My Health Record, and can view, add or delete documents and information as you wish to. You can do this online, or by phoning the Help line on 1800 723 471.