Monday, January 28, 2019
It Probably Won’t Make Any Difference But The Ante Has Surely Been Upped On The #myHealthRecord. Game On I Believe!
This appeared an hour or two ago:
1:43pm, Jan 28, 2019
The My Health rollout has been controversial from the beginning.
Labor leader Bill Shorten wants another extension on the deadline for patients to opt out of the controversial MyHealth record as doctors warn it should be out on a back burner for another 12 months.
January 31 is the latest deadline for people to opt out of the government’s troubled My Health Record system. If they fail to do so, millions Australians will have a record created for them.
The government stresses that if you already have a My Health Record, and decide you don’t want one anymore, you can cancel it.
Doctors are warning it must be delayed because it’s not a complete list of patients’ drug records and patient care raising fears of legal liability.
“There’s no doubt there’s a question of liability here. We know that doctors and patients can choose whether or not to upload information. So who is responsible if a mistake is made, for example with a drug reaction or a drug allergy?,” Independent MP Kerryn Phelps said.
“Good medical practice requires an level of perfection. We also know that 25 per cent of hospital beds are not yet enabled to upload information.
Dr Phelps said GPs would continue to rely on more traditional methods of exchanging information until the records are up to speed.
“So the claims that the MyHealth record will actually help to save lives is an overreach at the moment. If doctors can’t trust the information that is on MyHealth records they are not going to trust it,” she said.
In November, Health Minister Greg Hunt extended the opt-out period for the My Health system after pressure from the Senate.
Senators voted to delay the deadline, but before the matter could be voted on by the House of Representatives, Mr Hunt backed the extension on Twitter.
The Morrison Government has previously been pressured into extending the “deadline” from October 15 to November 15 before finally settling on January 31.
“I really wish that Greg Hunt, the minister for health, spent as much time on the MyHealth record and getting that right, as he did on rolling Malcolm Turnbull,” Mr Shorten said.
It would seem this will be an election issue now Mr Shorten has weighed in – and pretty forcefully!
Game on I reckon. Note the zinger!
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Monday, January 28, 2019