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Commissioner Recommends e-Health Laws

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

July 15, 2011

Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is considering e-health records laws aimed at limiting the use and disclosure of data, keeping storage of e-health records in Australia and providing penalties for privacy breaches, iTnews reports. Pilgrim has made a total of 32 recommendations on the operation of the government's planned e-health system, the report states, with some requiring legislation to clarify e-health record management and responsibility. In recommending keeping e-health records in Australia, Pilgrim noted, "The storage of data in other jurisdictions may reduce the security of data, for example, where local laws authorise access to information."
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