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TestSafe Opens Records to Pharmacists

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

December 10, 2010

TestSafe, the healthcare network 1.1 million Aucklanders use to share medical lab results and prescription information with practitioners, has given community pharmacists access to drug dispensing reports, New Zealand Herald reports. Pharmacy Guild President Ian Johnson said the change is an improvement to patient safety, while Auckland Women's Health Council Coordinator Linda Williams voiced patient privacy concerns. "There have to be education campaigns to inform the public of who is sharing their information," she said. A TestSafe spokesman said that in four years, 96 people have opted out of the network. "I think most people want their medical information available to the clinicians looking after them," he said.
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