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Friday, March 31, 2006

Opt out model for e-health card pilot survives parliamentary challenge

The Government's Regulation to permit a departure from privacy principles for the electronic health record pilot projects survived a motion to disallow it in the NSW Legislative Council. The debate on the motion (in 2 parts see here and here) included strong criticism of elements of the project although most speakers acknowledge the potential benefits of a linked electronic health records system. Some speakers, themselves medical practitioners, provided thoughtful comments about the merits and dangers of the proposed system.

Community groups continue to voice concerns about the system.

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