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PM Gillard's e-Health Policies

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

June 24, 2010

Australia's new prime minister, Julia Gillard, has in the past spoken out on e-health initiatives, and this has medical professionals and privacy advocates weighing in on how her administration will move forward, reports The Australian. Gillard has said a national e-health system is more than a decade away, saying there are a lot of missing pieces, including "no current means of accurately identifying healthcare providers or patients and no systems to ensure the privacy of shared e-health records." One health IT blogger says Gillard "gets" e-health and will work to move the agenda along, while the Australia Privacy Foundation hopes she will be the one to address their long-standing privacy concerns.
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