Controversial ‘My Health Record’ Fails Audit


What’s the big risk with having all of your medical data stored digitally with a single government department? Improper, ineffective and lapses in Cyber security.

By General Maddox.

At the beginning of 2019 Australian’s had until January 31st to Opt-Out of the My Health Record system. The deadline was originally October 31st the year prior but was extended for further public consultation.

The system, originally started in 2012 as the E-Health system and was actually set up as Opt-In, evolved to become the My Health Record and changed to an Opt-Out system. Possibly due to the lack of people volunteering to add themselves to the digital health record. The government realized the lazy nature of the public and flipped it to be almost mandatory. If you wanted to remain off their record you had to log on to their website, prove your identity and declare you did not want a record set up for you or other family members.

Their assumption about the public being too lazy to Opt-Out was correct. Over 90% of Australians now have a My Health Record creates for them. With around 40% of Australians completely unaware of the fact.

Less than 10% of Australians seemed to have grave concerns about the new system. The biggest concern was indeed privacy. So what is it about this system Australians found so untrustworthy? Cyber security, hacking and unapproved access to their precious data.

The National Audit Office found that the $1.5 Billion My Health Record system failed to appropriately manage cyber security risks.

The Australian National Audit Office review said the cybersecurity and privacy risks were not properly managed or considered by the Australian Digital Health Agency, which oversees the national electronic heath records.

This is disgraceful. But what’s worse is that the audit office said the Australian Digital Health Agency had not conducted an end-to-end privacy risk assessment of the system’s operation under the opt-out model. The most recent privacy impact assessment was in 2017, and the four privacy reviews between October 2017 and June 2019, which cost $3.6m, were not completed.

The Health sector reported the most notifiable data breaches of any industry sector in 2018. It’s no wonder Australians don’t trust it and that their fears of having their data stolen are justified.

Not only has this system cost taxpayers $1.5b to set up but they aren’t even completing privacy reviews which cost an additional $3.6m. An extraordinary waste of money considering what those much needed funds could be spent on.

The other bizarre thing to note is that less than 25% of Australia‘s health care providers are even using the system. The ADHA relies on them to upload patient data onto their My Health Record without health care providers properly following suit it makes the whole system seem like an even bigger waste of money. So why does the government keep pressing on with wanting all of your health information digitized and stored in one easy to access location?

One can only theorize that it ties in to the plan for a technocratic system that we are headed for in lockstep. This system relies on data. It craves data. All data. And your health data fits snuggly in their dystopian system.

By itself this just seems like another government initiative gone wrong. But when you piece it together along with all the other tiny pieces it begins to form a bigger picture of the whole plan and it doesn’t look good.

What can we do about it? Well, for starters we can encourage others to be much more mindful of the privacy. Keeping as much of your data as secure and private as possible is the goal. Don’t acquiesce to the desires for your most precious commodity. Data.

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Categories: Australian-news, Health, Technocracy

Author:General Maddox

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3 Comments on “Controversial ‘My Health Record’ Fails Audit”

  1. wombat
    November 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    Communism. That what’s going on aka Agenda 21/30

    • Kerry Redmond
      November 28, 2019 at 1:16 am #

      You are right, it’s all part of a very dark and nefarious agenda and the peons will pay dearly!

  2. Danny
    December 5, 2019 at 11:45 am #

    They are desperate to destroy any remaining privacy.

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