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Privacy Awareness Week 2019

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Did you know: Sharing your My Health Record information is your choice?

Your My Health Record is an online summary of your health information, such as your medicines, any allergies you may have, and your recent medical treatments.

Once your My Health Record is created your doctor, hospitals and other healthcare providers involved in your care can automatically access your health information, unless you set up your privacy controls.

Using these privacy controls lets you decide which healthcare providers can access your My Health Record and what they can view. You can also ask a provider not to upload certain information. If you decide you don’t want a My Health Record you can cancel it at any time.

Here are some tips to take control of your My Health Record:

  • Read the privacy policy carefully and make sure you understand how the information in your My Health Record can be collected, used and disclosed.
  • Log on to your My Health Record and take a look at the access controls. You can use them to set the level of privacy on your My Health Record that you prefer. Your My Health Record uses default access settings unless you change them, so you should know what these settings are and what they could mean for you.
  • Talk to your healthcare providers about what information they will add or access and if you don’t want a certain document added to your My Health Record, make sure you tell your healthcare provider.
  • Check your My Health Record access history regularly and look for any unexpected or unauthorised access through the section: access history.
  • Set up notifications to alert you when your My Health Record has been accessed by a healthcare provider for the first time.
  • Check your My Health Record regularly to ensure your information is accurate, up to date and complete.
  • Secure your My Health Record by setting a strong password, don’t share it with anyone else and only access it when using a secure device and connection.
  • Exercise your privacy rights. If you suspect the information on your My Health Record has been mishandled, you can make a complaint.
  • You can choose to cancel your My Health Record at any time and if you change your mind later, you can register for a new My Health Record.

For more information, please go to: OAIC’s My Health Record microsite

Enquire Call 02 9859 0585