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E-Health Safeguards Fall Short, Opponents Say

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

January 22, 2010

Though additional privacy safeguards for Australia's proposed national e-health bill have been suggested, opponents to the plan say they fall short, reports Computerworld. The bill would assign patients a health ID number, linked to their Medicare number, which is intended to streamline healthcare delivery and reduce errors. But opponents to the bill, including health IT consultant Dr. David More, say its safety provisions fall short. "Those involved do not have a clue what they are doing and more than that are not telling the public--in other than carefully spun press releases," More says.
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