The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has released a draft of its privacy concerns checklist on e-health records. The checklist is for review by all relevant health consumer advocacy organizations as plans continue on implementation of Personally-Controlled eHealth Records (PCEHR). The APF draft will be amended to reflect concerns raised by various categories of healthcare consumers. It has thus far been reviewed by participants at two Consumer Reference Forum meetings run by the National E-Health Transition Authority earlier this year. While privacy isn't the main factor to be considered in PCEHR implementation, it is "a vital element," the discussion draft states. Major decisions on the plan are expected next month.
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