For the next few months, Australians have the opportunity to opt out of the government’s My Health Record scheme. This initiative aims to collate all personal health data, from GP to hospital visits, for each individual and mitigate the risks associated with paper and fax systems that are currently in place for health professionals to communicate with one another.
Yet there remain advocates against the government-led program due to concerns about its data security – specifically the ability for agencies such as the police and Centrelink to access the information. The safety concern lies in how organisations can disclose one’s health data for non-medical reasons such as to protect public revenue.
In response to the matter, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and the Australian Digital Health Agency have repeatedly attempted to allay public concerns by promising that, “no documents will be released without a court order”.
Brian Woo Shik Kim