Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced the committee that will oversee the rebooted, personalised My Health Record system for patients and doctors as part of a $485 million package to deliver Australians an electronic medical record system.
Retired senior Australian public servant and policy-maker Robyn Kruk was named as the independent chair of the implementation taskforce steering committee responsible for the establishment of the Australian Commission for eHealth.
Ms Kruk will be assisted by Dr Steve Hambleton, Dr Ewen McPhee, Dr Chris Pearce, Richard Royle, Dr Eileen Doyle, Jan Donovan, Peter Cooper, Mike Walsh, Stephen Moo and Paul Madden.
“In this modern world where technology makes information sharing boundless, it is essential Australia has a national digital health system and My Health Record makes up an important part of this system,” Ms Ley said.
“Ms Kruk has held several significant public service positions at the state and federal government level in health and environment, most recently as chief executive of the National Mental Health Commission.
“The implementation taskforce steering committee will design, implement and oversee the transition of functions and resources from the Department of Health and the National e-Health Transition Authority to the Australian Commission for eHealth.
“The Australian Commission for eHealth will simplify and streamline the current governance arrangements and will ensure better accountability, greater transparency and improve stakeholder engagement throughout.”
The commission will also oversee the operation and evolution of national electronic health systems and will be the system operator of the My Health Record system.
Ms Ley said the Government would conduct trials next year of different participation arrangements for My Health Record – including opt-out – to identify the best approaches for increasing participation in the national digital health system.
“It’s important that all Australians are signed up to ensure we have a functioning system, and trialling an opt-out model means we can do it carefully and methodically and ensure the appropriate protections are in place to give patients peace of mind,” she said.
“If automatic registration for a digital health record in the opt-out trials leads to higher participation in the My Health Record system, the Government will consider adopting opt-out on a national scale.”