- Darren Donaldson
Student - Accounting, Macquarie University
Expanding eHealth records beyond the medical industry???
Australia is in the process of implementing a single electronic health record (EHR) database that will consist of all the personal details and health records of every single person in the country. Everyone in the country will be given a unique ID number, and they will be able to restrict access to their information at any time.
Why can we not expand the scope of such a system, to allow other firms and industries to access such data? Instead of having a personal record for your bank, insurance company, accountant, lawyer, utilities etc., everyone simply pulls their records from one, up to date system.
Obviously, there would need to be restrictions to what each firm can access, but if we set up an intermediary, to audit and assess the safety and security of the firm in question, and how much information they are allowed to access, we would restrict the potential risks.
The benefit of such a system would make it easier to update and keep all your info in one location (i.e. changing address), as well as making it easier and more secure for firms to validate the accuracy of your personal details, thus reducing fraud. There would be no less privacy either, since most firms already have your personal details, and in any case, you are able to restrict who and what info is accessed from your record.