11 January My Health Record update January 11, 2019 By Andrea Harris-Poddi Announcement, Digital Health Agency 0 PHN Community and Consumer Engagement teams have kept busy even over the holiday period ensuring up to date My Health Record information was being provided through all channels. Engagement Highlights PHN Community and Consumer Engagement teams have kept busy even over the holiday period ensuring up to date My Health Record information was being provided through all channels. A number of community engagements have already taken place across the country at this very early stage of 2019 including information booths in New South Wales at Mudgee Medical Centre, Albion Park Library, Oak Flats Library and at the City Library and Museum. Additionally, presentations were delivered in Coburg with the MS Support Group (NECCHI), in Blackheath at Blackheath Cybershed Train the Trainer, in Springwood at the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Train the Trainer and in Western Australia at the Bod Daniel Community Resource Centre in Inglewood and Holyoake Victoria Park. The PHN teams continue to deliver community events through to the end of the opt-out period. The Agency is planning a series of consultation workshops in each state and territory commencing on 23rd January in Adelaide. The workshops will seek input from consumers as well as representatives from key community organisations and consumer peak bodies to guide development of tailored consumer education materials for My Health Record. For information and to register, visit the Events page of the website. Provider Readiness The Agency’s Education team currently have 108 education events scheduled for this year, including 15 webinars. My Health Record information Two animations updated with the 31st January opt-out date are now available on our YouTube channel: • 1 minute version • 30 second version Digital advertising and social media, radio, indigenous TV and outdoor advertising will continue until the end of January to remind people of their choice to have a My Health Record or to opt out before 31 January 2019. Messaging is now changing to communicate about the stronger privacy protections and the right to permanent delete your record at any time in your life. We will shortly be releasing social media assets for use towards the end of opt-out. We will also shortly be releasing consumer friendly videos on the legislation changes to communicate the stronger My Health Record laws. There will also be a series of media releases going out over the new few weeks. Post opt-out communication materials are in production and will be released after 31 January. We encourage you to keep sharing positive MHR content on your social channels, and can download materials from the microsite. The Australian Digital Health Agency acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to Elders both past and present Related My Health Record – Australians to decide on a smarter and safer way to share their important healthcare information By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one. If people choose not to have a My Health Record, they will be able to opt out of having one created for them during a three-month period, starting on Monday 16 July and ending on October 15 2018 My Health Record kits being distributed to Australian healthcare providers The Australian Digital Health Agency is pleased to announce nearly 20,000 My Health Record education kits are being distributed to healthcare providers and Australia Post offices across Australia. The kits will equip providers and Agency partners with information and resources to help them advise all Australians about My Health Record Legislative changes to tighten privacy and security protections for My Health Record In response to a growing privacy backlash, the Federal Government has announced legislative changes to My Health Record to restrict access by law enforcement and government agencies and allow records to be deleted by those who choose to withdraw from the system, with the opt out period also expected to be extended. My Health Record Media Release for Parents The Australian Digital Health Agency is encouraging parents to find out more about the benefits of having a My Health Record for their children through their local GP, pharmacy or other healthcare providers they deal with as well as through the website www.myhealthrecord.gov.au Australia ahead in personal control of electronic health records An international comparison review of digital health record systems shows My Health Record consumers in Australia have more ability to personally control their digital health information than in similar countries worldwide. My Health Record opt-out period extended The Australian Government has extended the opt-out period for My Health Record by an extra month to 15 November 2018. Comments are closed.