My Health Record changes

TWO My Health Record changes have been proposed by the Australian Government to make My Health Record acceptable to people concerned about their private medical information.

If the changes are voted through, personal information collected in the My Health Record system can’t be disclosed to law enforcement agencies and government agencies without a court order or an order by a judicial officer or the healthcare recipient’s consent. Violations are punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and/or fines up to $126,000 for an individual and up to $630,000 for corporate entities.

The other change is a requirement to permanently delete health information for a person if they have cancelled their My Health Record.

The deadline by which people can opt out of My Health Record before they are assigned an account has been extended from 30 November 2018 to 31 January 2019.