15 August My Health Record opt-out period extended August 15, 2018 By Danielle Cranefield Announcement, Department of Health My Health Record, Opt out period 0 The Australian Government has extended the opt-out period for My Health Record by an extra month to 15 November 2018. This was a key request from the Australian Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners and gives Australians more time to consider their options as the Department of Health strengthens the 2012 My Health Record legislation. The Government will amend the 2012 legislation to ensure if someone wishes to cancel their record they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system forever. This means any Australian will be able to opt-out of the system permanently, at any time in the future, with their record deleted for good. Read more (Source: Department of Health) 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. 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. Comments are closed.