Guaranteeing security of the My Health Record

26 Jul 2018

AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, said today that he will have a face-to-face meeting with Health Minister, Greg Hunt, next week to gain assurances that the Government will take further steps to ensure the privacy and security of the My Health Record.

Dr Bartone said there had been a groundswell of concern from AMA members, the broader medical profession, and the public about the 2012 legislation framing the My Health Record, particularly Section 70, which deals with the disclosure of health information for law enforcement purposes.

“I told the National Press Club today that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that the security concerns are raised and cleared up as a matter of urgency,” Dr Bartone said.

“This may involve examining the legislation.

“Health Minister, Greg Hunt, contacted me directly after the Press Club to set up a meeting to discuss all aspects of the rollout of the My Health Record. He has made a commitment to clear up any perceived ambiguity in the original 2012 legislation with a response that meets the AMA’s expectations and satisfaction.

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