The Federal Government has bowed to the intense pressure surrounding the controversial My Health Record system, promising to strengthen laws to protect patient’s privacy.
There had been concerns police and other agencies would be able to access a patient’s record without a court order.
It prompted crisis talks between the Federal Ministers and the Australian Medical Association and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners on Tuesday night.
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Following the meetings, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced the My Health Record Act will be changed, bringing it into line with the existing Australian Digital Health Agency policy.
“This policy requires a court order to release any My Health Record information without consent,” he said in a statement.
“The amendment will ensure no record can be released to police or government agencies, for any purpose, without a court order.”
“In addition, the government will also amend Labor’s 2012 legislation to ensure if someone wishes to cancel their record they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system.”
The changes come after talks with the Australian Medical Association and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
The changes will be made “as soon as possible”.