My Health Record

My Health Record logoKey Messages

  • My Health Record is an electronic summary of an individual’s key health information.
  • The system operator is the Australian Digital Health Agency, a Commonwealth Government body, not the Tasmanian Government.
  • The federal government has extended the period for individuals to opt-out of the My Health Record (MHR) system to January 31, 2019.  During this period, individuals can opt-out by:
  • After the opt-out period is completed, all eligible Australians will have a My Health Record, unless they chose not to have one.
  • Beyond the opt-out deadline, individuals can request that their record is permanently deleted at anytime.
  • 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 Commonwealth Government initiative that stores a digital copy of an individual's personal medical information within an online national database, accessible to approved health professionals such as General Practitioners, Private Specialists, Community Pharmacists and Hospital care teams.

Individual's personally manage their My Health Record, which means they can choose who it's shared with, add additional information and change its security settings.

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 access this information to better inform clinical management.

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.

On the 15 November 2018 the Senate passed the My Health Record Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018.  The aim of the Bill is to strengthen the My Health Records privacy and security protection.  For further information, refer to the article on the My Health Record website

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 in 2019.

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 at some stage in 2019.

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.

For further information, refer to the Patient Fact Sheet - My Health Record

Useful Family Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet - Family Safety

Fact Sheet - Information for 14-17 year olds

Fact Sheet - Information for parents and guardians