Attention turns back to My Health Record trials

The much-maligned My Health Record has been out of the news for a while now as the two opt-out trials in NSW and Queensland go through their motions and the opt-in trials being held in Victoria and WA continue to fly under the radar.

The official conclusion of the widely publicised opt-out version was October 31, and it is expected that the evaluation being managed by Siggins Miller – which has been undertaken while the trials are in progress – will be finalised and presented to the government early in the new year.

Those calling for evidence of the efficacy or otherwise of the system are sure to be disappointed as the whole purpose of the trials was to find out how to best go about rolling out this massive system to 24 million Australians, not whether it actually works or not.

That it will be rolled out nationwide seems to be a foregone conclusion, and while there are still those who continue to argue that the whole palaver should be cancelled, there really doesn't seem to be much hope of this for the naysayers, with all sides of politics committed to seeing it through.

Attention has turned instead to the Health Care Homes trial, and going by the written questions asked during a live-streamed webinar held by the Department of Health this week, there is as much confusion about this as about My Health Record. Our poll last week asked whether you thought the technically enabled Health Care Home was financially viable: only 27 per cent said yes.

Our poll this week asked: Is it inevitable that the government will impose the opt-out My Health Record system?

Find out the results in tomorrow's Pulse+IT Weekend Edition, or check back here next week.

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