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Report: Patient Data At Risk

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—QUEENSLAND

July 2, 2010

Private information about Queensland Health patients is at risk of being lost or stolen, according to a report by Auditor-General Glenn Poole that determined gaps in protocol at government agencies could have serious privacy and security impacts. Among the concerns raised was the lack of "efforts to review just who had access to medical records and even physical storage facilities," the Courier Mail reports. The audit acknowledged, however, that the Queensland Health system fared better than some other agencies. Looking toward plans to implement e-health, Poole said information technology systems are the "greatest protection" because they make it possible to track electronic access.
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