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Advocates Discourage E-Health Rollout in July

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

February 6, 2012

The Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) and the Australian Privacy Foundation have told a Senate inquiry hearing that personally controlled e-health records should not go live July 1. MSIA has requested that a Senate committee subpoena National eHealth Transition Authority (NEHTA) patient safety assessments and says it is "deeply troubled that as a private corporation NEHTA is not subject to freedom of information laws or other standard government controls." The Australian Privacy Foundation says NEHTA has excluded consumer privacy advocates from consultations. Whether the program should be opt-in or opt-out was also debated at the hearing, The Australian reports. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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