Good news privacy fans: you now have two more months to opt out of My Health Record (AKA the government's controversial online database of everyone's health information.) Here are the details.
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Unless new legislation is passed today, Australians will no longer be able to opt out of the government's My Health Record from tomorrow. Planned as an "online summary of your health information" that "can be accessed at any time by you and your healthcare providers", there are no guarantees about how your data will be used by said providers. Here's what you need to know about MHR and how to opt-out if privacy is your main concern.
The deadline to opt out of My Health Record is approaching this week, and MPs on both sides of politics are pushing to have that deadline extended. More and more people are rushing to opt out in the final moments, causing outages and issues with the process that may cause some to miss out on the deadline. Here's everything you need to know at this point.
Storing medical information is tricky business. If you don't have faith in the government's My Health Record (a reasonable position to have), there are a variety of ways to store your secure data while letting others access it in case of emergencies.
Amid mounting pressure from privacy activists and a public concerned by how their medical data will be used, Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced a number of changes to be made to the My Health Record rollout, from what happens when you cancel a record to restrictions around who can access the data.
The government's My Health Record (MHR) system promises to bring together a bunch of different healthcare data so that a trip to the hospital or doctor won't require lots of information being recorded over and over again.
It should reduce some costs as healthcare providers can access pathology and other analyses without repeating tests and will simplify how we deal with some agencies. But it's also being implemented in a pretty ham-fisted way, with everyone's consent assumed unless they opt out. I've been looking at the system. Here's what I'll be doing.
The My Health Record opt-out period begins this week, and you have until October 15 to pull your records out of the scheme. But should you? Here are some compelling reasons to keep your records where they are.
The My Health Record (MHR) opt-out period has begun, and you have until October 15 to decide whether or not to be part of the scheme. Unless you take action to remove yourself from the My Health Record (MHR) system, the federal government will make a digital copy of your medical record, store it centrally, and, as the default, provide numerous people with access to it.
If you don’t opt out during this period and later choose to cancel your record, you will no longer be able to access that record but the government will continue to store it until 30 years after your death. You will need to trust that it will not be breached.