Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Personally Controlled eHealth Records System letter arrived today.

Today in the mail I received a letter regarding The Personally Controlled eHealth Records System initiative by the Australian Government. The idea of having our health records centrally located concerns me on a number fronts.

Recently we saw (blog post on February 8th 2013) the Australian Tax system had been infiltrated by criminals. We've seen the most technologically advanced companies in the world compromised. Anything can be hacked. In addition real humans are involved and if we listen to the homeland security stats where 3% of the population aren't allowed onto aircraft and up to 10% would be stopped, if we think about the large number of people employed by the many government agencies, some of those people will be involved in criminal activities.

We're not only limited to our borders. The exchange of information between government organisations from different countries occurs and we have no idea how that can affect us.

Personally I'd prefer to be able to get a full copy of my records for my own storage. I appreciate there are advantages of having the information centrally stored, and in an ideal world that would be great, but this isn't an ideal world.

Some people will see the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Each person will have to decide for themselves if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Kelvin Eldridge
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