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Doctors To Have Emergency Access to EHRs

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

September 13, 2011

The Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) has revised its concept of operations to eliminate the "no access" tier of its document security levels, effectively giving doctors access to all electronic health records (EHRs) in the case of an emergency, reports ITNews. In a former draft of the initiative, patient-controlled EHRs had three levels, "no access," "limited access" and "general access." Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has said the "limited" and "no access" security levels are central to consumer trust in the e-health system, while the Australian Medical Association president supports the change--which the DHA says was in response to doctors' concerns that vital information would not be available in an emergency.
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