The My Health Record opt-out deadline has been extended. Here's what you need to know
Health Minister Greg Hunt has extended the opt-opt period for the My Health system until January 31, 2019.
What the Government says will change
A Senate inquiry into the function of My Health Record has made several recommendations aimed at improving the security of the system, as well as advocating the opt-out period be extended for 12 months.
Last week, Mr Hunt announced additional changes to the legislation:
The penalties for improper use of My Health Record will be increased.
To protect those in family violence situations, a person will not be allowed to be the authorised representative of a minor if they have restricted access to the child, or may pose a risk to the child, or a person associated with the child.
Employers will be prohibited from asking for or using an employee's My Health Record information.
Insurers will be excluded from accessing health information or deidentified health data for research.
The ADHA won't be able to delegate functions of the system to any authority other than the Department of Health and the chief executive of Medicare.