PCEHRs will be kept for 30 years after death

Patient clinical information in e-health records will be held by federal bureaucrats for 30 years after the patient’s death — even if the patient has “deactivated” their records.

The government is expecting millions of patients to eventually sign up for personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) after the system is rolled out from July this year.

But it has emerged that even if the patient deactivates their records — which will include health summaries, diagnoses, treatments, event and discharge summaries — the e-health record and its contents will