Data privacy expert recommends opting out of proposed e-health scheme

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The federal government is pushing ahead with its plans to create an electronic health record for every Australian.

Personal patient details will be stored on a national database that doctors around the country can see.

You do have three months from July to opt out of the scheme, but after that your records will stay in the My Health system forever.

Dr Katharine Kemp, a specialist in data privacy at the University of New South Wales, says the system could lead to greater convenience and consistency, but that she would advise opting out of it as it stands.

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