In response to a Senate inquiry into the national electronic health record system, the Australian government announced changes to My Health Record that will increase the maximum penalties for improper use of the system’s data, ZDNet reports. As a result, the maximum jail sentence increases from two to five years, and the maximum fine goes from AU $126,000 to AU $315,000. Under the changes, private health insurers will not be able to access health data or de-identified data. Meanwhile, some have argued that the changes fail to properly address the system’s key structural problems.
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