We’d like to know what you think about My Health Record
At an interactive session during the recent APP conference, Pharmacy Guild representatives asked delegates whether they had either registered for or activated My Health Record in their pharmacies.
Of pharmacists present in the room, 57% had at least registered their pharmacies – but is this number representative of pharmacy more widely?
Only a few weeks earlier, figures had indicated that around 28% of pharmacies had registered – so it could be that the pharmacists in the room were unusually proactive on the subject, Guild executive director David Quilty said at the time.
He said My Health Record was “strategically very valuable” for pharmacists, “because one of our challenges is to become a recognised part of the broader primary health system… we’re often seen, particularly by doctors, as a bit of an island”.
MHR has also been described as a “game changer” for pharmacists’ contribution to enhancing medication safety and ensuring quality use of medicines, by PSA national president Shane Jackson.
Not everyone is impressed with the system as it stands, however. While those who have concerns over issues including privacy will have the ability to “opt out” of having an MHR, Shadow Health Minister Catherine King last week said she was worried that the Coalition Government might not properly implement the reform.
“This is a Government with a woeful track record on IT security and privacy. And now they’re asking all Australians to trust them with their most personal information,” she said.
The comments followed the Health Department announcement that the system will have “strong safeguards” to protect data, and will be subject to some of the strongest legislation in the world to prevent unauthorised use.
We’d like to know what you think. First, has your pharmacy registered (or registered and activated) MHR yet?
And secondly, we’d like to know whether you’ll have one of your own.