MHR in­ter­na­tional re­spect

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AUS­TRALIA’S My Health Record dig­i­tal health record sys­tem has come up trumps in an in­ter­na­tional re­view of dig­i­tal health record sys­tems in terms of giv­ing the con­sumer con­trol over their data.

The Dig­i­tal Health Ev­i­dence Re­view, re­leased by the Aus­tralian Dig­i­tal

Health Agency, brings to­gether stud­ies com­par­ing My Health Record with sim­i­lar sys­tems across the world, in­clud­ing those in France, the UK, the USA and our clos­est neigh­bour New Zealand.

“We know through the im­por­tant na­tional con­ver­sa­tion that is cur­rently oc­cur­ring that Aus­tralians ex­pect and de­serve strong safe­guards, choice and con­trol when it comes to their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion,” said Agency Chief Med­i­cal Ad­viser, Pro­fes­sor Mered­ith Make­ham.

“As the Agency re­spon­si­ble for My Health Record, we need to con­tinue to im­prove the sys­tem in con­sul­ta­tion with the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity and their health­care providers.”

My Health Record was shown in the re­view to af­ford peo­ple among the most choice in how their med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, such as their tests and scans, are stored and ac­cessed from an in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive.

“Although many coun­tries have laws that al­low users to view their health in­for­ma­tion, only Aus­tralia and a hand­ful of other coun­tries have laws that al­low cit­i­zens to con­trol who sees their in­for­ma­tion and re­quest cor­rec­tions to their own health data,” says Make­ham.

The re­view re­vealed that only French and Aus­tralian res­i­dents are al­lowed to edit or au­thor parts of their record and only 32% of sur­veyed coun­tries have leg­is­la­tion in place that al­low in­di­vid­u­als to re­quest cor­rec­tions to their data.

In ad­di­tion, only 28% of sur­veyed coun­tries have leg­is­la­tion that al­lows in­di­vid­u­als to spec­ify which health­care providers can ac­cess their data.

More than six mil­lion Aus­tralians al­ready have a My Health Record and 13,956 health­care pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions are con­nected.

This in­cludes gen­eral prac­tices, hos­pi­tals, phar­ma­cies, di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing and pathol­ogy prac­tices.

More at dig­i­tal­health.gov.au.

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