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Expert, Big Tech Respond to PCEHR Plans

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

December 2, 2011

In the opinion of one legal expert, healthcare facilities will need to be especially vigilant in protecting patient data. The Australian reports that Kathie Sadler, special counsel with Thomson Lawyers, says it seems likely that instead of attempting to breach the government's personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHR) system--expected to have strong security controls--"parties attempting to illegally access information will concentrate their efforts on systems belonging to individual health professionals and non-government healthcare providers." Meanwhile, Microsoft has come out against the government's requirement to store PCEHR data on Australian soil, saying, "By regulating the geography where the data is held rather than the level of security under which it is held implicitly establishes criteria for data protection that are not related to principles of technology security." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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