- Updated Jun 1 2018 at 11:00 PM
Sunday, June 03, 2018
I Really Thought It Would Take Longer Than This. Already Some Are Wanting To Circumvent The myHR Secondary Use Framework.
This appeared yesterday.
Tyde founder Romain Bonjean with Tyde investor Dean McEvoy, believes the best way to approach the member is to ask directly for consent to access this personal data.
Private health insurance companies remain hopeful the federal government will reconsider a ban on them accessing sensitive data contained in the new digital My Health Record system, arguing they should not be lumped in with life and general insurers.
Health Insurers want access to anonymised data on a "secondary" basis, which would put them in the same group as parties conducting research, as opposed to primary users like doctors, who would access the records to inform health advice.
Nearly 6 million people already have a My Health Record, which can contain sensitive information on health conditions, pathology results and prescribed medication. This will extend to all Australians this year, unless they opt out.
The chief executive of peak body Private Healthcare Australia, Rachel David, said Health Minister Greg Hunt had agreed to discuss the framework with the sector.
Medibank Private chief medical officer Linda Swan says 'one of the tragic limitations' of the current My Health Record framework was that the government had 'bundled private health insurers in with all insurers'.
"We've had a meeting request from the Department of Health so we can move forward with the discussions about this," she said.
However, the government appears set on blocking all insurers from accessing the data as it looks to build a rapport with the public, emphasising it will be a good operator of the digital record, and allaying any concerns around big insurers using private information inappropriately.
A spokesman from Mr Hunt's office said the framework was "rock solid", adding that the meeting was "to explain the framework and its operation".
The private health insurance sector is arguing that it should not be grouped with life and general insurers, which are also subject to a ban, because they are unable to raise premiums on the basis of health status, age or claims history. This is known as community rating.
"We cannot take on someone or give someone a higher premium based on their health status. That is the fundamental rule of community rating," said Ms David.
"We know from talking to our customers... that many of them would be happy to share health data with us as we would be able to offer them a broader range of health interventions," she said. "It's a win for them and a win for us."
Tyde founder Romain Bonjean believes the best way to approach the member is to ask directly for consent to access this personal data.
You really do have to stay alert to prevent misuse of your Health Data if you want a myHR (not sensible I reckon) but want a myHR for other reasons.
Have they not heard of asking for access? Let’s face it, health insurers are hardly planning to give you discounted insurance or a better deal on the basis of you providing access to your data and until they do I would simply say no!
It sure did not take them long to be on the case. I wonder do they know how incomplete and inaccessible most of the data is?
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Sunday, June 03, 2018