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Thousands opt-out of My Health record

Neil Mitchell

Around 20,000 people have already opted out of Australia’s e-health record despite technical glitches and issues.

The My Health system creates a digital snapshot of everyone’s health information, which can be accessed in GP clinics and hospitals.

Australians are being given three months to decide if they want their records included in the database.

Concerns have been raised about privacy issues.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed there were technical glitches on the first day of the opt-out system yesterday.

“There was a glitch yesterday I understand, but it’s been resolved,” he told Neil Mitchell.

“About 20,000 people did opt out yesterday.”

Neil: How can you guarantee security?

Prime Minister: We have very rigorous security on this.

Neil: It hasn’t worked in the past….

Prime Minister: It will have the highest security on it, and the penalties for breaching it are very, very high.

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Neil Mitchell