NZ: Patient data system disabled after problem discovered

Eileen Goodwin reports:

A new patient information system used by general practitioners had to be disabled yesterday because of a risk of data breach.

The Otago Daily Times learned about the situation in a leaked email to southern GP practices.

The patient information system has been introduced over the past couple of months to many GP practices across the country, although the number of affected GPs was unavailable.

Last night the Ministry of Health said it was working with Medtech, the health IT company that runs the system.

“The ministry understands that patient demographic data has been transported from GP practices in an unencrypted form to an online Medtech hub.

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