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E-Health Support Grows

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY - AUSTRALIA

August 25, 2010

Australia's Green Party has announced it will support government e-health initiatives as long as strong privacy and security protections are in place, The Australian reports. Sen. Rachel Siewert said there is support for the plan, but added there must be assurances "that sensitive medical information is protected and that individuals have control over decision-making." Concerns over health data privacy had emerged during debate over Healthcare Identifiers (Health ID) legislation that passed at the end of the last parliamentary session in June. Siewart noted that identifiers are likely to improve healthcare delivery and administration, but that privacy concerns remain. She said the Greens will work with the government "to ensure those safeguards are there."
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