AU: Project risks medical record privacy, expert warns

Karen Dearne reports:

Health bureaucrats risk exposing patient medical information by starting e-health projects before key decisions on security, consent, technical controls and regulatory oversight are made.

And Australian Privacy Foundation chair Roger Clarke has attacked the National E-Health Transition Authority and federal Health officials for cutting consumers out of the design process for the $467 million personally controlled e-health record system.

“Because consumer representatives have had so little input, there’s a very strong chance sensitive data will be compromised, and the system won’t suit people’s needs,” he said.

“They are finalising the design within weeks but consumers were kept right out of the picture until January. Even then, community representatives have only been invited to three meetings.”

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