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APF Concerned About E-Health Implementation

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 28, 2011

The head of the Australian Privacy Foundation says that patients' medical data is vulnerable because e-health projects are being planned absent their input, The Australian reports. "Because consumer representatives have had so little input, there's a very strong chance sensitive data will be compromised, and the system won't suit people's needs," says Roger Clarke, who adds that consumer engagement only began in January. A health department spokeswoman said that consultations with consumers and privacy groups have been "constructive," and "The government is serious about a personally controlled system in which privacy protections will be a key element."
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