How is this Digital Health Record different to the My Health Record?
The Digital Health Record is a comprehensive record that will be much more detailed than the My Health Record, which is a summary of key health information.
For example, the Digital Health Record will include data on observations performed by clinicians, details about who administered a medication and at what time, as well as information feeding from devices such as infusion pumps or blood pressure monitors.
It will include information on which person is in which bed and which surgeon will be operating on which person in each operating theatre.
Both the Digital Health Record and the My Health Record are useful and complementary. Relevant data from the Digital Health Record will be uploaded automatically into the My Health Record for people that have not opted out, as it is now from our current systems.
Why can’t a person opt out of the Digital Health Record
There are laws that require health services to collect and store medical information. This is already done in the ACT, but the difference is that currently the information is stored in mix of paper records and a various and disparate clinical IT systems.
In the future this information will be collected in the Digital Health Record.
While people cannot choose whether their information is held in the Digital Health Record, some aspects will be optional. For example, people will be able to decide if they would like to share detailed information from the Digital Health Record with external members of their health care team such as their GP.
How will you ensure privacy and security of information?
It is important to remember that most of the health information that will be collected in the Digital Health Record is already being collected, either on paper or in existing clinical IT systems.
Having said that, the Digital Health Record will be designed from the ground up with privacy and security in mind.
There are processes at the whole of government level that provide assurance that sensitive information is protected. The ability to protect this sensitive information will be a critical factor in determining which solution is chosen.
While this Digital Health Record is intended to make information more readily available to the health care team at the point of care, who can access this information will be strictly controlled through access control protections.