AFP: eHealth "Smokescreen" for National ID
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAAugust 26, 2011
The Australian reports on recent comments made by Australian Privacy Foundation Chairman Roger Clarke that the country's eHealth program is a "smokescreen" for a "centralised patient identification regime." Clarke said that individual healthcare identifiers "are an enabling mechanism for linkage between agencies, allowing the creation of virtually centralised national databases." A spokesman for Health Minister Nicola Roxon responded that, "eHealth records are being developed for the ultimate benefit of patients and not for the conspiracy theory reasons claimed."