Lawyer warns to check your medical privacy rights before 15 November

Published:

NOTE: This article is older than 12 months

Leading privacy lawyer Travis Schultz has warned that people concerned about protecting their medical privacy have less than a month left to opt out of the My Health Record (MHR) system.

The principal of Travis Schultz Law said if individuals did not explicitly remove themselves from the MHR system by 15 November, the federal government would create and store a digital copy of your medical record and make it available to numerous health care providers.

“MHR disregards global best practice for informed consent, because it requires people to opt out of the system rather than asking for express consent to use your personal information,” Mr Schultz said.

“Many Australians are not fully informed of how their My Health Record information will be used, nor are they aware of the potential data security risks that come from data sharing and storing digital records online.”

MHR will not only allow doctors but pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals to view an individual’s medical information. There is no mechanism in place to track which individuals are accessing the records, only information on the institution they are from.

“This means you won’t be able to tell who has seen your personal information. For example, you could have a podiatrist or a physiotherapist viewing sensitive information about your mental or sexual health,” Mr Schultz said.

Another concern is the risk of data security breaches from storing information online. Not only are health records prized by hackers as a means of identity theft, but MHR also permits external health apps to access your records.

“While this information can only be provided to third parties with your consent, there is a risk that you could sign a confusing standard form contract and unwittingly be giving the app owner permission to on-sell your medical information.”

Mr Schultz suggests that people should visit the www.myhealthrecord.gov website to better understand how the government will manage and share your information, or to opt out of having a record created. As of September 12, more than 900,000 people or three percent of Australians have opted out of the system.

“I’m encouraging everyone to ensure they are well informed about the benefits and risks of having a My Health Record, and what steps you can take to protect your privacy. Once November 15 comes around, if you haven’t opted out, you will automatically have been deemed to have given your consent for digital My Health Record,” he said.

Mr Schultz recommends if you’re unsure of what to do, seek professional advice from a privacy law expert. For more information, go to: www.schultzlaw.com.au/our-services/privacy-information-data 

 
Business Community Health & Wellness Law & Safety
Social:   

Travis Schultz Law :
6 Hancock Street, Mooloolaba
07 5404 7405
Travis Schultz Law
Showing 9 recent articles for this business
Queensland's 2020 road fatalities jump by 13% 25 May 2020 | Nine more people have died on Queensland roads in the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2019, despite travel restrictions and a drastic reduction in daily commuters due to the COVID-19... More information...
Are Tinder date details essential when contact tracing? 09 April 2020 | Employer and employee privacy rights when navigating a health and economic crisis. Privacy is paramount to the Australian way of life and leading compensation lawyer Travis Schultz said it is just as important... More information...
Statistics show liability claims for slips and trips in Australia are falling away 09 March 2020 | Is Australia becoming less litigious? This is a question posed by leading lawyer, Travis Schultz, who through his own research, has discovered that 2019 saw the lowest number of public liability claims for slips... More information...
Wine Symposium raises crucial funds for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service 29 February 2020 | The tantalising taste of the perfect drop and more than 20 winemakers helped to make the Travis Schultz Law Wine Symposium bigger and better than ever, connecting more than 400 bizoids and raising $8,500 in... More information...
Celebrity winemakers pour the perfect drop on the Sunshine Coast 24 February 2020 | Fine wine will be on the lips of hundreds of Sunshine Coast business people as the Travis Schultz Law Wine Symposium welcomes more than 400 guests and 20 wine exhibitors – including celebrity winemakers Stefano... More information...
Sunshine Coast road users suffer more severe injuries compared to the Brisbane 06 January 2020 | Sunshine Coast road users are more likely to suffer severe injuries in a car crash compared to Brisbane and a leading compensation lawyer Travis Schultz sees firsthand the suffering it can cause. More information...
Injured claimants deserve lion’s share of CTP claims 03 December 2019 | According to a leading Australian compensation lawyer, car crash victims in Queensland are fortunate to have one of the best CTP schemes in the country and the push by some insurers to see wholesale changes based... More information...
Impact of AI on legal firms wildly overstated 25 November 2019 | Will artificial intelligence (AI) be the demise of the law profession in Australia? Leading expert in compensation law, Travis Schultz, believes it could actually benefit the industry if there is more emphasis on... More information...
Award-winning recognition for Travis Schultz Law 13 November 2019 | Just 18 months since opening its doors, compensation law firm, Travis Schultz Law, has taken out the top gong in the Professional Services Category (large) at this year’s prestigious Sunshine Coast Business... More information...


comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service