Thursday, February 25, 2010
Health identifiers off to Senate Committee
The Senate yesterday referred the Government's Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 15 March 2010.
Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration:
Privacy safeguards in the Bill
Operation of the Healthcare Identifier Service, including access to the Identifier
Relationship to national e-health agenda and electronic health records.
In introducing the bills Minister For Health Roxon referred to the strong emphasis on privacy considerations and to three Privacy Impact Statements. The Australian Privacy Foundation wasn't happy with the Exposure Draft. The Committee process will give the issue an, or another airing.