Category Archives: MHR

Dealing with a query about access to the My Health Record System


A week ago I wrote a blogpost about the rights and responsibilities of GPs who decide to use the MHR system. In the blog I alluded to the challenge of getting straight answers from the various leading figures and/or entities. … Continue reading

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So Doctor, do you know what your duties and responsibilities are when using the My Health Record System?


Much have been said in the media about the impact on privacy and security of personal health records for anyone who had signed up or, in the near future, are being automatically signed up for a My Health Record. My … Continue reading

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Is Consent a moral dilemma or a mere medicolegal formality ?


Doctors, and specifically GPs, have for many decades considered the concept of Informed Consent an integral and mandatory part of the interactions with their patients. ACT Health defines Informed consent as follows: In addition there were some very specific rules … Continue reading

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Opt out or opt in – but whatever you do make a decision!


After months of anticipation the big day finally arrived – as of 16 July 2018 Australians can choose to opt-out from having a My Health Record We can spend time on the fiasco that the opt-out roll-out has turned out … Continue reading

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A brave new frontier for medical consent


It has been fascinating to watch the issues surrounding the My Health Record evolve. Longstanding readers of my blog would know that I have had a bee in my bonnet for many years about informed consent to participating in the … Continue reading

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Secondary use of My Health Record data


Given the obvious concerns by Industry Stakeholders and the Public about nefarious use of the huge amount of data contained within the  MHR (My Heath Record) system the Australian Government has wisely engaged a Consultant group to develop a framework … Continue reading

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So how safe is my data ?


Yet another scare campaign – or legitimate concerns?One has to wonder if these Health Department spokespeople have actually looked at their own product? If your IT System is configured correctly all you need is their name, dob and Medicare number and … Continue reading

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Using the My Health Record AND staying out of Court


Longtime readers of my Blog would know that I have written & shared others’ writings about the Australian Government’s My Heath Record on many occasions. 2013 – I wrote about the complexity of the issues and why we had configured … Continue reading

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Using your Smartphone in a healthy way


Longtime readers of my blog would know that I have a passion for Medical IT and am keen to use it (within the legal constraints of patient security and privacy) Most patients are aware of all the various fitness wearables that … Continue reading

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Saving time for Doctors & Patients


The headline seemed so promising “The federal government is proposing to automate the prescription approval process to help save time for doctors and patients” Finally – they are understanding our worries and stress. Or so it would seem Currently the … Continue reading

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