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MyHealth Record: How To Protect Your Medical Records!

MyHealth Record is coming and it affects all of us. In 2018, all Australian’s will get a MyHealth Record unless you take action before 18th October 2018.

MyHealth Record will share your personal medical records with 900,000 medical professionals and 12,000 companies.

This article is designed to help you with some additional details so you can make a decision about whether this is best for you.

WHAT IS MYHEALTH RECORD?

The idea behind MyHealth record is to provide a central source of all your medical records viewed online from anywhere at any time. 

In theory, this sounds like an awesome idea for those of you like me who have moved around a lot or as was pointed out to me, even had to transfer records from one hospital to another.

All the details of your allergies, medications, previous blood test results etc would be available to the treating physician to help them with the treatment.

You do have control over what records are shared, who can access these and also review the info and makes any notes.

WHAT’S CONTAINED IN YOUR MYHEALTH RECORD?

If you want to check out the specifics of this, check out the MyHealth record website by clicking here.

In summary, the types of things that are contained on your MyHealth record are:

  • Information from Health Care Professionals
  • Information from Medicare
  • Any information you have added yourself

WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS?

The Minister for Health Greg Hunt has been slammed recently in the media over this.

In an article by Ben Grub in the Sydney Morning Herald he had a look at the privacy policy of MyHealth.

CONCERN #1 – PEOPLE DON”T READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The first concern was about the length of the privacy policy and how this compared to others.

From this image, you can see how long this privacy policy is compared to other common privacy policies.

Ben went on to point out the fact that most Australian’s don’t read the Terms & Conditions.

CONCERN #2 – SIMILAR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN A FAILURE

A similar program in the UK was implemented by the NHS in 2014. This program, known as care.data was put on hold and then further cancelled in 2016.

Investigations into care.data revealed that the information had been sold onto insurance companies.

CONCERN #3 – HISTORY OF BREACHES

A recent report from the office of the Australian Information Centre showed the 25% of all breach notices came from the HealthCare sector.

This is a concerning stat given the sheer number of people and companies that will have access to your records.

CONCLUSION

I love the idea of a central source of medical records and I do see the benefits that this could provide.

My concerns, however, are with the fact that the framework for holding this data is not ready to cope with this.

Until such time you have researched this and also allowed the kinks in the program have been ironed out my suggestions is to opt-out of this.

In the video, I walk through how to do this.

Click here to be taken to the opt-out website.

What are your thoughts about having a central source of medical records? Let me know in the comments below.

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