As per recent reports, it has been revealed that privacy commissioner and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) have declared that they will be taking control of the federal government's new eHealth system against privacy contravene.
The eHealth system, which got activated from this July 1, will be including basic information about the patient's medical records, which will be filled up by the doctors or GPs and that will include their medication and allergies.
It has been reported that the system has been implemented under the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (PCEHR Act) and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Regulation 2012 legislation.
Privacy Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim said, "The PCEHR Act has been a contentious piece of legislation which has reportedly been marred by a new. The OAIC has actively fought to ensure privacy protections were built into the Act".
When Pilgrim submitted reports this January to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, he suggested that the Privacy Act needs to be revised, so as to permit OAIC to look into the matter of civil penalties being breached.
However, in a statement to the public, Mr. Pilgrim suggested that people should carefully consider the terms and conditions of the system.
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