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PCEHR Report Likely Delayed

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 16, 2012

The Australian reports that the Senate report on the Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR) system may be delayed for at least another week. Originally due last month and given an extension until Tuesday, the report follows the PCEHR bill's passage through the lower house last month. Independent computer emergency response team AusCERT warned the PCEHR system will be open to hacking. AusCERT said, "There is no reason to think criminals won't actively target PCs at work and home to gain access to systems and data once the PCEHR goes live." Saying his office does not support "the proposed federated governance model," New South Wales Deputy Privacy Commissioner John McAteer expressed concerns that the system will lead to complaint-outcome inconsistencies across state, territory and commonwealth regulators, according to the article. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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