A person is eligible to be registered if they have been assigned a healthcare identifier and they have provided suitable proof of their identity to the System Operator.
People can apply to register for an eHealth record in five different ways: phone (PCEHR Helpline on 1800 723 471); face-to-face at DHS service centres; mail; online (www.ehealth.gov.au); and via assisted registration by healthcare provider organisations.
Adults and minors from the age of 14 can apply to register themselves. A parent or a person with parental responsibility (or other legal authority) can apply to register a child up to the age of 18 by providing evidence of their parental responsibility.
A person can apply to register an adult who is not capable of making decisions for himself or herself by providing evidence of their legal (or other) authority to act on behalf of that person.
In 2012-13 the System Operator registered 397,742 people for an eHealth record and, of those, 290 were cancelled and three were suspended.
Table 1: Registration by channelThis graph identifies the number and percentage of people registered via each channel.
Table 2: Registration by age group and genderThis chart indicates the gender and age group of the people registered.
In 2012-13 PCEHR registrations comprised 57% females and 43% males. From the ages 0 to 19 registrations were comparable between males and females, however between 20 and 39 twice as many females than males registered.
Table 3: Registration by monthThis graph indicates the number of people registered per month.
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