Mandatory production of documents in the My Health Record system

1 min read The My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth) (the Act) limits when and how health information included in a My Health Record can be collected, used and disclosed.  Unauthorised collection, use or disclosure of My Health Record information is both a contravention of the Act and an interference with privacy. Section 69 of the Act states that the Australian Digital Health Agency can only be required to disclose health information from a patient’s My Health Record to a court, coroner or other body except in very limited circumstances, including where the patient gives their consent. The Agency has recently advised that, where patient consent has not been provided, it will apply to have any legal request (subpoena) set aside. This information relates to My Health Records and does not…
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Why your practice should have a social media policy

Social media use is widespread and for some of us, it is a daily part of our lives. Everything that is put on social media contributes to our electronic footprint and so it is important for you and your staff to monitor what is being associated with your health care practice. It is important to ensure that your employees are aware that if they use social media either as part of their job or in a personal capacity, they have specific obligations. This involves any online communication about your practice, its products and services, patients/clients, team members, regulatory bodies or other work-related issues. The term ‘social media’ refers broadly to any online media which allows for user participation, interaction or publishing. Examples include Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, weblogs, forums…
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