AU: Patient data under threat, say auditors

Mark Metherell reports:

Federal government auditors have overruled Medicare, calling on the agency to improve security of patient details held by pharmacists.

Patient information on the 200 million prescriptions pharmacists dispense each year are largely electronically held, which the Auditor-General, Ian McPhee, says ”continues to be an area of growing threats”.

In an audit report on the administration of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme released yesterday, Mr McPhee revealed a long-running turf war among three health agencies over responsibility for the PBS.

Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.

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