MHR move widely backed

Pharmacy Daily - - Front page -

THERE has been broad sup­port for the My Health Record (MHR) changes an­nounced by Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt to strengthen the pri­vacy pro­vi­sions of the plat­form (PD yes­ter­day).

The Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia, the So­ci­ety of Hospi­tal Phar­ma­cists of Aus­tralia (SHPA) and the Con­sumers Health Fo­rum (CHF) are among the many voices sup­port­ing the adap­tions to the MHR.

The changes an­nounced by the min­is­ter will see an amend­ment to the MHR leg­is­la­tion to re­quire a court or­der be­fore any record can be re­leased for any pur­pose to po­lice or gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

In ad­di­tion, the gov­ern­ment will also amend the leg­is­la­tion to en­sure if some­one wishes to can­cel their MHR they will be able to do so per­ma­nently, with their record deleted from the sys­tem.

The min­is­ter also fore­shad­owed a one month ex­ten­sion of the opt-out pe­riod.

Phar­macy Guild na­tional pres­i­dent Ge­orge Tam­bassis said these mea­sures would al­lay con­cerns that had arisen in the com­mu­nity.

SHPA noted that the sys­tem would re­duce the risk as­so­ci­ated with knowl­edge gaps as pa­tients tran­si­tion be­tween care cen­tres.

CHF said it would con­duct a se­ries of we­bi­nars on MHR for con­sumers.

More than 3,000 Aus­tralian com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies, or nearly 60%, are reg­is­tered with MHR.

The Guild says phar­ma­cists should en­cour­age pa­tients to use the MHR to bet­ter un­der­stand their health and take greater per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for health needs.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.