Australians can choose to have or cancel a My Health Record at any point in their life.
New laws to strengthen the privacy and security protections within My Health Record mean that from tomorrow, a function has been activated in the My Health Record system that allows a person to permanently delete their record at any time, including any backups.
All records that have previously been cancelled will also be permanently deleted from the system.
We are constantly evolving and improving the My Health Record system to keep pace with technology, cyber security, and to ensure we always place the privacy and security of Australia’s health information first.
The protection of peoples’ privacy and the security is paramount for the Agency.
The Agency has significantly invested in capability and capacity in privacy and cyber security with over 100 operations staff working around the clock on security and privacy monitoring and protections.
Additionally, the Agency has a dedicated cyber security operations team and specialist cell of cyber security threat intelligence analysts.
Australians are being encouraged to get a My Health Record during National Stroke Week as it can give emergency doctors access to critical information such as life-threatening allergies, significant medications including anticoagulants or health conditions fast, which can make a huge difference.
This weekend marks the first day of spring, which for 2.5 million people with asthma, is a timely reminder to get prepared for the season ahead, as more temperate weather increases the trigger for an attack.
Each year, approximately 230,000 Australians are admitted to hospital as a result of medication misadventure. It’s costing our health system $1.2 billion each year, yet 23 per cent of adverse drug events in primary care are preventable.