MyHealthRecord may becomes theirs too!

Australia has established a MyHealthRecord regime - whereby everyone's medical, and associated data, is to go on line to become readily accessible by medicos, hospitals and the individual himself.    Uptake has been minimal.  Some 6 million out of a population of 25 million.   The Government has now decided to make the scheme an opt-out one.   So the citizenry has until 12 November to opt out.From the Federal Minister making the preposterous and erroneous claim that the system is military-grade against hacking and that no one has hacked MyHealthRecord in 6 years, the truth has now been revealed in a piece in the Daily Telegraph newspaper:

"The controversial My Health Record system has already been hacked nine times.

Health Minister Greg Hunt claimed the system boasted military-grade security, saying this week, 'the advice that I have, no data breaches'. 

But contrary to Mr Hunt's claims, the Australian Digital Health Agency, which runs the system, admitted to nine breaches since the network was established.

The system has been hacked nine times despite Health minister Greg Hunt (pictured) claiming My Health Record boasted military grade security

'In the 2016-17 financial year, there were six data breach notifications within My Health Record, and three notifications in the previous financial year,' the agency said.

'Of the six data breaches reported by the Agency, four were the result of alleged fraudulent Medicare claims."

It is pretty clear that the MyHealthRecord regime won't work.     People are sceptical how secure it will be with it being revealed that over 900,000 individuals and over 12,000 organisation will be able to access MHR.

And as if by coincidence.....

It could hardly be said that Singapore isn't right up there in the IT stakes and being super-efficient and savvy in what it does.   At the very time that the Australian Government is touting its MyHealthRecord, just the other day Singapore health system was hacked and access gained to some 1.5 records....including to no less than that of the Prime Minister!   From healthcare IT:

"Hackers have breached the Singapore government’s health database with a “deliberate, targeted and well-planned” cyberattack, accessing the data of about 1.5 million patients, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, for almost a week.The cybercriminals initially breached a front-end workstation to gain privileged account credentials to obtain privileged access into the database. Officials said they detected unusual activity on July 4, but the hack began on June 27.The investigation found the hackers didn’t tamper with the records, rather they exfiltrated the data. Officials said the attack was well-planned and wasn’t the work of “casual hackers or criminal gangs.”According to the official statement, hackers targeted clinical visits between May 1, 2015 and July 4, 2018. All patients who visited SingHealth’s outpatient clinics and polyclinics during that time period were included in the breach. Patient care was not disrupted during the attack."