[LINK] Urgent: MyHR Opt-Out

David dlochrin at key.net.au
Fri Jul 20 10:50:39 AEST 2018

On Thursday, 19 July 2018 15:44:43 AEST Jim Birch wrote:
> This is the version 1.0 product. 

It's actually V2.0.  The AMA published this press release on 15th Oct 2015:

"The Government has proposed that Practice Incentive Program e-health payments be tied to doctor use of the MyHealth Record (MyHR) system being developed to replace the $1 billion Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record scheme.  The PCEHR has been dumped amid dismal take-up rates among patients, doctors and medical practices."

 - see https://ama.com.au/ausmed/forcing-gps-adopt-half-baked-e-health-record-dud-idea-ama

The Australian Privacy Foundation states:

Our examination demonstrates that the intentions of successive Australian Governments in enabling the collection of clinical data through the national electronic health records system, go well beyond statutorily articulated reasons (overcoming “the fragmentation of health information”; improving “the availability and quality of health information”; reducing “the occurrence of adverse medical events and the duplication of treatment”; and improving “the coordination and quality of healthcare provided to healthcare recipients by different healthcare providers”).

Not only has the system failed to fulfil its statutory objectives, but it permits the wide dissemination of information that historically has been confined to the therapeutic relationship between patient and health practitioner.

After considering several other purposes for which the system is apparently designed, and who stands to benefit from it, we conclude that the government risks losing the trust of Australians in its electronic health care policies unless it reveals all of its objectives and obtains patients’ consent to the use and disclosure of their information.

 - see https://privacy.org.au/Campaigns/MyHR/info.html#Are_doctors_happy


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