AU: Leak of draft e-health document raises privacy concerns

Karen Dearne reports:

Patients will have limited control of their medical information, as a leaked document shows consumer access will be confined to a portal.

While Health Minister Nicola Roxon said consumers would “truly control” their personal electronic health records at her e-health forum last week, attendees did not see a draft concept of operations, showing a patient portal tacked on to a public/private providers’ shared e-health record system (SEHR).

The confidential draft for the $467 million personally controlled e-health record (PCEHR) system was produced by the National E-Health Transition Authority, just before the forum.

The Australian has obtained a key system design diagram, which shows there is no mechanism for consumers to manage access by their doctors.

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