AU: E-health privacy blueprint – robust legislation is needed says Privacy Commissioner

The Australian Privacy Commissioner, Karen Curtis, has called for legislation for the proposed national Individual Electronic Health Records (IEHR) system.

“The National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA) has identified some valuable privacy considerations for the proposed IEHR system,” said Ms Curtis.

“The suggestion that individuals should be able to opt-in to an IEHR system is welcome, as this promotes genuine choice.

“It is also important that there is specific legislation for the system to ensure there are robust privacy protections in place.”

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The submission is available at http://www.privacy.gov.au/publications/sub_nehta_0808.doc

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