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Report Details Privacy Risks in E-Health Proposal

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

December 23, 2011

The government has released a report on the privacy impact of the proposed electronic health record system, The Australian reports. The Health Department has accepted or supported in full 77 of the report's 112 recommendations in the privacy impact assessment, and two recommendations were rejected. The report suggests that demographic data such as a person's age, location and gender should be omitted, but the Health Department said such data allows healthcare providers to ensure that they are examining the right patient, the report states. The department says it will review data sets to ensure that "there is not superfluous demographic data being included in mandatory fields." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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