Parents encouraged to use e-health records

A day after the opt-out period for the federal government's controversial electronic health system was extended, parents are being urged to learn more about it.

Australian parents have been told storing their children's information on the federal government's controversial electronic health system may save their life in an emergency.

The Digital Health Agency behind My Health Record says children are at risk of serious harm if their parents can't remember information such as their allergies and immunisation history, which the system can keep handy.

The message comes after Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed this week the system's original mid-October opt-out date would be pushed back by a month, and laws will be changed so police and government agencies would need a court order to get patient data.

Source AAP

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