LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS
The LNP do not support recommendations 1,4 and 13 and believe it is important to think carefully about No 2. The other 10 recommendations they seem to be comfortable with.
Labor wants a pause and an OAIC / Privacy Commission Inquiry so sort out consent issues in addition to not rejecting any of the 14 recommendations.
Given they are likely to be the Government at some time in less that 12 months this is relevant. Here is the relevant text.
Labor Additional Comments
1.1 Labor Senators share the privacy and security concerns expressed in the Chair's report. In particular, we agree that the Government's botched implementation of an opt-out model means 'an unreasonable compromise has been struck between ensuring the utility of the system … and safeguarding the privacy and safety of healthcare recipients'.
1.2 Labor Senators therefore urge the Government to commission an independent review of the My Health Record system by the Privacy Commissioner and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, which has itself called for further consideration of several privacy and security concerns.
1.3 In particular, the Privacy Commissioner and OAIC should consider:
• the appropriate balance between utility for clinicians, patients and others (such as carers), and privacy and security for individuals;
• the difficulty of ensuring informed consent in an opt-out model, and measures to encourage consumer engagement and informed choice;
• changes to default access settings that are necessary because of the shift to an opt-out model (from an opt-in model, where informed consent was assured);
• particular protections for vulnerable people, including minors aged 14-17 and families fleeing domestic violence; and
• further legislative, policy and system changes that are needed to achieve these aims.
1.4 In the meantime, the Government must suspend the opt-out rollout until the Privacy Commissioner and OAIC report, the Government makes necessary changes, and public confidence in this important reform is restored.
Sadly major technology change seems to have been ruled out because of cost - so in the longer term I believe the system is doomed! Sadly legislators only do legislation - not technology!