My Health Record - Liability or opportunity?
The public debate has been surrounding My Health Record, and the majority of the discussion is focused on security issues, hacking risk and access of authorities to sensitive health records. According to Paul Shetler, Former Digital Transformation Office chief executive, there needs to be a stronger sense of ownership for the users of the My Health Record, which should include an opt-IN to the system rather than an opt-out.
There is a genuine distrust in the system and in the government to handle sensitive information such as health records. Meanwhile, there are some that see My Health Record as an opportunity to shake the status quo of how health records are currently managed and stored. According to Peter Bragge, Associate Professor in Healthcare Quality Improvement at Behaviour Works at Monash University, Australians seem less concerned about the current health records systems of GP clinics, pharmacies, or hospitals although those systems have far less financial investment, no overarching governance authority and, at times, limited IT support. Additionally, patient records are currently managed in a fragmented system where hospitals, GP clinics, labs, and pharmacies use a variety of platforms to store patient data. These platforms are often not compatible with each other, resorting in exchanges of patient data via emails, phone calls or fax in a hybrid paper-electronic system. The fragmentation in the health information systems and the potentially slow exchange of patient records can have risks for the treatment of patients. In emergency situations, access to information from My Health Record about allergies, medicines and health conditions can save lives and also serve as a reminder for immunisation updates.
Australians have the options to opt-out of My Health Record by the 15 October. Considering all sides of the debate, what are the drawbacks and opportunities of this eHealth solution? Can My Health Record help shake the status quo of the health records system or do the security issues outweigh the benefits?
Challenge Opened: 06:45 AM, Friday 27 July 2018
Challenge Closes: 02:00 PM, Thursday 09 August 2018
Time to go: Closed