Where did our health data go?


Doctor's bag

Where did our health data go?Data is like garbage, you’d better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it ~ Mark Twain

It took a while, but the Department of Health is now inviting submissions about the various ways digital health information in the national My Health Record (MyHR) should, and could, be used.

By law information in the MyHR can be collected, used and disclosed ‘for any purpose.’ This ‘secondary use’ of health data includespurposes other than the primary use of delivering healthcare to patients.

The consultation paperis not an easy-read and I wonder how many people will be able to make heads or tails of the document – but then again it is a complex subject.

Nevertheless, secondary use of health data seems to make sense in certain cases. As the paper states:

“Secondary use of health data has the potential to enhance future healthcare experiences for…

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