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Digital Health

Gold Coast Primary Health Network (GCPHN) has continued its priority focus on Digital Health, so that health information can be shared securely online to deliver safer, better quality healthcare. GCPHN plays a key role in working with general practices to assist them in uploading their patient’s shared health summary and support the sharing of vital information with other healthcare professionals.

My Health Record

On 26 November 2018, the Australian Parliament passed legislation to strengthen privacy protections in My Health Records Act 2012 without debate or division.
The new legislation means that you can opt in or opt out of My Health Record at any time in your life. Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After then, you can delete your record permanently at any time.

More than 6.3 million Australians already have a My Health Record and over 14,000 healthcare professional organisations are connected, including general practices, hospitals, pharmacies, diagnostic imaging and pathology practices. My Health Record supports the health and care of Australians who choose to have one.
 
If you would like to learn more about My Health Record and its benefits, or about how to inform the government that you don’t want a My Health Record, visit myhealthrecord.gov.au

Briefly, the changes will:
  • Allow Australians to permanently delete their records, and any backups, at any time.
  • Explicitly prohibit access to My Health Records by insurers and employers.
  • Provide greater privacy for teenagers 14 years and over.
  • Strengthen existing protections for people at risk of family and domestic violence.
  • Clarify that only the Agency, the Department of Health and the Chief Executive of Medicare (and no other government agency) can access the My Health Record system.
  • Explicitly require law enforcement and other agencies to produce a court order to access information in My Health Records.
  • Make clear that the system cannot be privatised or used for commercial purposes.

This is backed up by harsher penalties and fines for inappropriate or unauthorised use of My Health Records.

A summary of the changes is available here 

As part of keeping Healthcare providers updated about digital health / My Health Record, the latest information and resources are distributed regularly through GCPHN publications and the HealthyGC Digital Health Resources page. 
 
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