5 fast facts on My Health Record opt-outs

Close to one million have opted out, but those numbers are lower than expected

Almost one million Australians have chosen not to have a My Health Record since the opt-out period began in July.

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The number of Australians who have opted out is almost five times the number of those who have signed up for the digital health record, a Senate committee inquiry into the digital health database has heard.

But those opt-out figures were lower than expected, Australian Digital Health Agency chief executive Tim Kelsey told the committee.

"We had anticipated significantly higher levels of opt-out than we're seeing and we certainly hadn't anticipated such high levels of opt-in," he said.

In other figures reported to the inquiry: 

  • The 900,000 opt-outs represents about 3% of the 28 million people eligible for a My Health Record, Mr Kelsey said.
  • Around 181,000 have signed up to the scheme since July. There are now 6.1 million people registered on the system.
  • About 59% of Australians are aware they are going to have a health record created for them and are able to opt out of the system, according to the agency's surveys.
  • In terms of security settings, 16,848 record access codes have been set and 4109 limited document access codes have been created.
  • More than 136,600 have requested an email or SMS alert when a new healthcare practitioner accesses their record. 

The opt-out period ends on 15 November 2018.

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