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As PCEHR Moves Forward, Concerns Persist

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 9, 2012

Although the proposed user-controlled e-Health legislation passed in the Lower House last week, The Australian reports on continuing privacy concerns surrounding the e-health record (PCEHR) system. Australian Privacy Foundation Chairman Roger Clarke said the Health Department "has earned no trust whatsoever because it has consistently excluded consumers and privacy advocates from consultations and ignored most of their communications." NSW Deputy Privacy Commissioner John McAteer has commented, "This office does not support the proposed federated governance model...We suggest again that there should be a separate PCEHR privacy framework applying equally to all participants," while Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim said there are "outstanding issues" to deal with in terms of PCEHR. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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