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Sharing your My Health Record is your choice

On their next visit to a doctor or healthcare professional, many Australians will activate their new My Health Record.

At that time their record will be automatically populated with Medicare information, including two years of claims data, unless they have already set up their preferences and privacy controls.

Registered healthcare providers involved in their care will also be able to access their record.

All Australians should be aware that sharing their My Health Record is their choice.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has released new resources to help inform people about how they can take additional steps to protect their privacy when using the My Health Record system.

That includes using access settings to control which healthcare provider organisations can see their record, by setting a record access code to restrict access or by removing certain providers.

People can control what information can be viewed, by restricting access to certain documents, asking a healthcare professional not to add documents, or removing documents.

They can also monitor which organisations access their record through their access history and by setting up an alert to let them know whenever a new provider logs in.

If they have a My Health Record, they can choose to permanently delete it at any time.

Find out more at oaic.gov.au/myhealthrecord/privacy