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Dutton’s PCEHR Inquiry “Widely Welcomed”

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIA

November 7, 2013

Health Minister Peter Dutton's inquiry into the Australia’s Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) system is bring “widely welcomed,” The Australian reports, with doctors calling for the review to result in changes in PCEHR legislation. As one GP put it, “Secondary use of data without specific consent is a big concern for many consumers and clinicians … Integration of private-sector products is a great idea if you ask me, although the same data governance principles apply." The report quotes iappANZ President and Medical Software Industry Association Secretary Emma Hossack as welcoming the government's initiative, noting “the effective, safe and useful work already done by the Australian health IT industry.”
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