AU: National E-Health Plan Plagued by Privacy Concerns

Ketan Mukherjee writes:

The Rudd Government has not been able to calm the fears and concerns that are currently plaguing people with regards to the patient privacy and data security risks which could be related to the planned Healthcare Identifiers routine. Consumer and industry groups are now warning that the draft Bill is very “flawed”.

Concerns are that the proposed identifier system will end up allowing the linkage of “personally identifiable information across multiple networks”, the proposed routine is based on an old technology and has been designed in order to support a countrywide e-health records system that might never be built.

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