AU: De-identification and medical records in NSW

Patrick Gunning of  King & Wood Mallesons writes:

Are health service providers in New South Wales obliged by the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) to de-identify medical records on the request of a patient? Not according to this recent decision of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

On 20 October 2014 the Tribunal dismissed a claim against a local health district in which the applicant sought orders requiring the health district to de-identify her health records so that documents containing personal health information would only contain a medical record number as an identifier and not any personal identifying details.

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