As part of your application to take control of your eHealth record, you will need to provide information about yourself so that we know who you are, can work out whether you can take control, and so we can manage your eHealth record.
The information you provide will be collected by the eHealth record System Operator (who is the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing) and shared with the Healthcare Identifiers service operator and other Commonwealth agencies to verify your identity.
We will also collect personal information about you – for example, date of birth and address – from other Commonwealth agencies (such as Chief Executive Medicare) to verify your identity, create an eHealth record and maintain the eHealth record system.
This collection and disclosure of information is authorised under the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Act 2012 and the Healthcare Identifiers Act 2010.
Once you take control, the eHealth record System Operator will collect and include in your eHealth record personal and health information about you which is uploaded by healthcare providers or by you. Your eHealth record may already include personal and health information about you which has been uploaded by your representatives or by healthcare providers. Your information may be disclosed to people or organisations that are registered to participate in the eHealth record system (including healthcare organisations as well as government and private sector organisations which deliver the technical components of the system), all of whom are subject to strict laws and regulations.
How the eHealth record system puts you at the centre of your healthcare
The eHealth record system has been designed so you can choose how your health information is handled. Once you have registered you will be able to decide whether all or just some of the healthcare providers involved in your care can access your eHealth record or specific documents within it.
In rare cases, there may be information about your health that you don’t want to be available on your eHealth record. If so, you can:
- ask your healthcare provider not to add it to your record, and they must comply with this request; or
- remove specific health information from your record, in which case the information will not be available to your healthcare providers, but will continue to be stored by System Operator. You can choose to add the information back into your record at any time.
If you limit access to your eHealth record or a document within it, emergency access rules permit registered healthcare provider organisations to get access for a limited time in a medical emergency.
To register for an eHealth record, you need to create a myGov account or log in to your existing myGov account.
Note: If you already have an australia.gov.au account, your myGov account will be automatically created.