"This change to the My Health Record Act will therefore remove any ambiguity on this matter", he added.
In fact, only mere days after Singapore's government suffered a health data attack on its SingHealth system, the government's My Health Record webpage was updated nearly with a form of bait for hackers, stating that "There has never been a security breach of the My Health Record" on a system that has only been publicly accessible for weeks, and that "It is not susceptible to attacks like SingHealth", a statement that makes you wonder how many will try, if only to prove the government wrong.
Hunt said the move followed discussions with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
"Privacy of health records is vital, and it is good that the Minister has responded to these concerns and provided the necessary assurances", Mr Tambassis said.
A requirement for a court order will be "enshrined in legislation", a statement issued by Hunt said.
The National Rural Health Alliance welcomes other changes announced last night by the Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.
It hasn't been particularly smooth sailing for My Health Record, so far.
News Corp has also been contacted by people frustrated they can't opt out of the My Health Record using a paper form.
The Government will also amend Labor's 2012 legislation to ensure if someone wishes to cancel their record they will be able to do so permanently, with their record deleted from the system.
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"The Government will also work with medical leaders on additional communications to the public about the benefits and objective of My Health Record, so they can make an informed choice", said Hunt. The changes have been criticised by the opposition for not going far enough.
"I support digitising health records, the principle of it", Mr Shorten said yesterday.
"[But] this government is really bungling it.it's very powerful information when you put people's private health insurance and private health information, people don't want it accessed".
That aspect of the e-health system was so contentious that when the Parliamentary Library published an opinion that the legislation did, in fact, provide warrantless access to the records, the piece was briefly unpublished before being replaced with a version that was less confronting to the government.
But the system has faced heavy backlash over cybersecurity and privacy concerns.
Dr Phelps warned patients would no longer trust their doctors with medical secrets if they feared their health records could be accessed to charge them with drug crimes, prostitution or abortion.
However, after meeting with the AMA and the RACGP on Tuesday Mr Hunt backed down.
"This is excellent news and vindication for the privacy experts, medical practitioners, concerned public and even members of the minister's own government, who have all outlined their privacy concerns with this rollout", said Digital Rights Watch chairman Tim Singleton Norton.