The ABC reported that Telstra, HealthEngine, Tyde and Healthi were able to access My Health Record information such as Medicare records, test results, scans and prescriptions, for their app users to view on mobile phones.
The MHR was opened up on 16 July for Australians to opt out of having a record created. Two days later, a former head of Australia's Digital Transformation Agency, Paul Shetler, said that the MHR system could well end up as another tech wreck.
The MHR is a government service meant to hold Australians' health records. The same person who led the UK's ill-fated care.data project, Tim Kelsey, is chief executive of the MHR system.
The ABC said the new contracts that were being sent to health companies gave Kelsey a five-day cancellation option provided he "forms the view that this agreement … may be contrary to the public interest".
An increasing number of Australians are opting out, with Liberal MP Tim Wilson having publicly announced that he was doing so.