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Welcome to the third issue of 2018. I have been reading with interest the articles and commentary following the commencement of the ‘opt out’ period for the My Health Record. Much of the commentary, in the major media outlets at least, has been very quiet on the benefits of the My Health Record, of which there are many. The Consumer Health Forum (2018) is one of a number of organisations and peak bodies that are trying to bring attention to the potential benefits, urging consumers to recognise the substantial value electronic medical record systems can bring to the Australian healthcare system. Our professional association, the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) is another. HIMAA has released a joint statement along with the Health Informatics Society of Australia and the Australian College of Health Informatics (2018), endorsing the Australian and state and territory governments’ decision to implement an ‘opt out’ approach to the My Health Record.

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