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Though ensuring accurate information and privacy protections are central to Australia's plans to implement electronic health records, the two may not sit well together, opines an ethicist at Murdoch Children's Research Institute in The Sydney Morning Herald. Consumers' ability to control what healthcare providers can view may have unintended consequences, Merle Spriggs writes, such as incomplete health records due to patients' fears they may be discriminated against or stigmatized if sensitive information is disclosed. "We will need to understand the implications of witholding information," he said, adding that questions remain about the plan's logistics.
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