Minister defends health data security

He says people should stick with it

Australia's electronic health record system has military-grade security and people should stick with it, says Minister for Health Greg Hunt.

Almost six million people have signed up for a My Health Record — a digital medical history — over its six years of operations.

But there are fresh concerns of possible cyber-security threats and privacy breaches.

The government has opened a three-month opt-out window, ending on 15 October, for people who do not want a record created for them.

After this date, an e-health record will be created for every Australia by default.

A number of people reported on Monday not being able to log in or get through to a hotline to opt out of the scheme, but the problems were being ironed out.

Mr Hunt said world-leading security had meant there had been no breaches of the system over the past six years.

"It is not just bank-level security but the