Aug 7, 2017

How would you like all your medical and mental health records leaked online? You might find out soon.

The government's My Health Record strategy notes lots of privacy concerns, but it doesn’t seem to be particularly interested in road-mapping a resolution to those issues, writes Asher Wolf.

The government is planning to give every Australian a digital health record by the end of 2018. With that goal in mind, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Health Council has approved Australia’s National Digital Health Strategy, drafted by the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA.) So how much data will a digital health record — known officially as a My Health Record (MHR) — contain?


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5 thoughts on “How would you like all your medical and mental health records leaked online? You might find out soon.

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    I think ‘Utopia’ covered the governments record on IT projects particularly well last week.

    If it’s due in 2018, I’m going to make sure I opt out in 2025, when it is launched, at a cost somewhere between 10 and 20 times the original estimate.

  2. Marion Wilson

    How soon can I expect the free samples of painkillers from the pharmaceutical giants?

  3. Chris Days

    The government will then be able to determine if who has had all the recommended vaccinations and ban the incompletely vaccinated from public places.

  4. AR

    With the Internet of Things it will probably lead to our fridge having a chat with the medical record and deciding that we really shouldn’t have that triple dream brie or overly rich mayonaise.
    When the stove gets involved in the conversation it might lead to a boom in charcoal braziers & BBQs.
    But there is absolutely no problem with thousands of bored, minimum wage call centre workers O/S having access nor the inevitable crooks & scam artists, not already in the medical profession.

  5. John Hall

    Yet again – we need a citizens bill of rights before any of this crap comes about. There should be strict liabilities and payouts to individuals when any personal data is leaked inappropriately. Employers and insurance companies cannot have access – it should only be for medical professionals treating their patients.

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