AU: Transparency call on privacy: patient records

Karen Dearne reports:

Australians will finally have a chance to shape the nation’s $467 million electronic health record system.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has agreed to release confidential plans for widespread debate.

The Labor government’s “personally controlled” approach to a nationwide system of sharing patients’ medical records has caused much confusion since it was announced a year ago.

But Roxon says a draft concept of operations will soon be issued for public consultation.


“We intend to be very transparent with the release of a series of papers and documents for discussion.

“These will be available online for everyone to see, and engagement will take place via receipt of online feedback, face-to-face meetings and other mechanisms. The department will also engage with stakeholders via formal industry and consumer-led discussion groups.”

Read more in The Australian.

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