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APF Questions E-Health System

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

January 16, 2012

The Australian reports on the Australian Privacy Foundation's (APF) Senate inquiry submission, which raises concerns about the nation's e-health system (PCEHR). APF Health Chair Juanita Fernando says in the submission that new technical specifications are being rushed in order to finalize the legislation. Calling it a "mash up," Fernando adds that the legislation "will diminish data confidentiality, integrity and availability, so that records stored in the system will provide an unreliable basis for medical care." Fernando added, "We are concerned that the bills do not embody informed consent arrangements and that citizens are not being advised by federal authorities about the breadth and depth of data Australian governments hold, use, disseminate and data-mine about individuals without consent." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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