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Cyber security concerns raised over government’s My Health Record system

Cyber security concerns have been raised over the federal government’s My Health Record system, which will create a shared digital medical record for every Australian unless they opt-out in a three-month period starting today.

As reported in The Age the system will allow records to be accessed by 12,860 health organisations and up to 900,000 health professionals, with no certainty the system won’t be compromised, potentially leaving sensitive information at risk.

But Dr Steve Hambleton, from the Australian Digital Health Agency defended the system’s security to Ross and John.

“It’s only shared amongst your health professionals, the people who are directly treating you,” he said.

“We’ve got one of the strongest security systems wrapped around this, world-class security.

“The worst thing that could happen is that someone turns up to the emergency department in 2019, with no information.

“We cause can enormous amount of harm when we don’t have the right information at the time about our patients.”

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