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Increased Parliamentary Oversight Needed in E-Health

PRIVACY LAW—AUSTRALIA

May 28, 2010

The Australian reports that the federal Opposition plans to strengthen patient protections within the Healthcare Identifiers Bill before it reaches the Senate for debate next month. Amendments to the bill aim to increase parliamentary oversight amidst concerns from lawmakers, doctors and privacy advocates' about patient privacy. "Given the importance of this legislation, it is critical there is thorough parliamentary oversight to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect individual privacy and ensure the integrity of the e-health system," said Andrew Southcott, a Coalition spokesman.
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