A work colleague of mine is contemplating opting out of Medicare’s digital MyHealth records.
“My partner wants us to opt out,” she shared. “He’s worried about who can access it, and if it might open the door for scammers and personal info to be leaked. What do you reckon?”
I reckon we’ve got bigger issues than this, to be honest.
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Broadly speaking, digitised health records are a good idea. It means that any health care provider, whether it’s the emergency department of a hospital, your child’s paediatrician or your GP, can all file your relevant medical information in one location.
It will help clamp down on ‘doctor shopping’, as anyone trying to scam a prescription out of another doctor will already be logged in the system.
And as for the security aspect, it’s actually humorous to me that people are so worried about their digital security when it comes to Medicare – but they happily share every last detail of their life online, without a care in the world that Facebook and Google are harvesting all of our data to sell it to the highest bidder…
“Allowing a website to track my every move and mood online is one thing, but to give the government access to all of my health records and information in one convenient location, which could allow doctors to more efficiently make life saving decisions… well, that’s quite another!”
I shake my head at the lack of logic?!
I should point out that I’m not a fan of the digitised era that we’re moving into – not in the slightest, in fact.
However, of all the areas that could benefit from being digitised, health records seems like one that could bring about the most benefits.
Moving forward, I foresee a future where we’re all reduced to a simple data packet, which will tell everyone everything they could want to know about us.
Government departments, potential employers, banks and lenders, health professionals: at the flick of a button, they’ll be able to access our data (from how often we visit the doctor to how up to date we are on our bills) and make decisions that will have huge and meaningful consequences.
This is a future that quite frankly terrifies me. Digitising our health records is the just beginning…