1 August Legislative changes to tighten privacy and security protections for My Health Record August 1, 2018 By Danielle Cranefield Digital Health My Health Record 0 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. “This policy requires a court order to release any My Health Record information without consent. The amendment will ensure no record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said. "The Digital Health Agency's policy is clear and categorical – no documents have been released in more than six years and no documents will be released without a court order. "This will be enshrined in legislation. This change to the My Health Record Act will therefore remove any ambiguity on this matter." The current legislation allows the disclosure of health information for law enforcement purposes and ‘protection of the public revenue’ without court orders. The 15 October deadline for Australians to opt-out of My Health Record is also expected to be extended by one month. Hunt said the government has moved quickly to respond to community outrage and medical fraternity advice in implementing additional privacy and security protections. Read more (Source: Healthcare IT News) 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 My Health Record update 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. 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.