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Greens Want E-Health Bill Amended

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

March 23, 2012

Politicians are split across party lines on the results of a Senate inquiry into the government's Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR) Bills, The Australian reports. The bills will now move to the Senate, but MPs have said they plan to amend the bills before they would be implemented. The Greens have suggested a number of improvements, including greater privacy protections. "The ability of consumers to further protect the privacy of their data may be enhanced" and that the bill may be amended "to make explicit reference to the use of anonymised, aggregate data from the PCEHR system for research and public health purposes," they said. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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