Government bows to pressure on My Health Record, promises strengthened privacy

Government bows to pressure on My Health Record, promises strengthened privacy

Hunt met with senior officials from the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and College of Global Positioning System on Tuesday night, two key groups who'd raised concerns about protecting patient information, and announced the changes following the meeting.

"Labor's 2012 My Health Record legislation will be strengthened to match the existing ADHA policy", Mr Hunt said.

Call it a win for the power of people, the government will rework My Health Record's legislation to prevent unauthorised access to data.

Lobby group Digital Rights Watch said the changes vindicated the concerns of privacy experts, medical practitioners, concerned citizens and some government MPs.

"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", Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.

Currently, the system will only render a record inaccessible after an individual decides to opt-out after a record is created; all the data is still retained within the My Health Record system. "This will be enshrined in legislation".

The changes aim to remove the current ambiguity of how agencies access information stored in patients' My Health Record, and the process required to do so.

That aspect of the e-health system was so contentious that when the Parliamentary Library published an opinion that the legislation did, in fact, provide warrantless access to the records, the piece was briefly unpublished before being replaced with a version that was less confronting to the government.

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"The government will also work with medical leaders on additional communications to the public about the benefits and goal of the My Health Record, so they can make an informed choice", Hunt's statement said.

Hunt also said the legislation would be changed so that "if someone wishes to cancel their record, they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system".

AMA president Dr Tony Bartone told ABC Radio's Kim Landers that under the amended legislation as he understood it, the need for a court warrant to access a patient's data will apply to anyone, including any government agency or other authority.

National Rural Health Alliance CEO Mark Diamond said the changes address his organisation's fears that the records could be accessed by agencies such as the Tax Office and Centrelink without a court order.

Health Minister Greg Hunt, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, has backed down over the My Health Record controversy.

"I also welcome the additional communications to the public to assist individuals make an informed decision as to whether or not to have a My Health Record".

The Guild says pharmacists should be encouraging patients to actively use the My Health Record as a tool that enables them to better understand their health and empowers them to take greater personal responsibility for their own medical needs.

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