Practice owners and practice managers will be aware of the Federal Government’s My Health Record System which replaces the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR), a national digital health record system. This is a health record system owned and controlled by the patient which registered health providers can access. It is important for practitioners to note that it does not replace the medical records of the health service provider.
The day to day use of this new system may bring with it heightened privacy concerns particularly in relation to potential breaches of privacy by doctors and/or practice staff.
Significant breaches of privacy can lead to legal action. Your cover under MIGA’s medical indemnity insurance or MIGA’s Professional Indemnity Insurance for Healthcare Companies and practices automatically provides cover in relation to allegations of privacy breach. You can rest assured that MIGA is here to protect you. Our solicitors can provide you with advice and help you to proactively manage any breach that may occur in your practice.
If your practice doesn’t have its own cover, you may be exposed if your staff breach a patient’s privacy. If you would like further advice or wish to consider protecting your practice and staff, please call us.