Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff has released a toolkit for healthcare providers and consumers as part of Privacy Awareness Week. The kit contains brochures and fact sheets for consumers as well as an updated privacy reference guide, case notes and a training presentation for providers. Otago Daily Times reports that Shroff said the patient-provider relationship is "based on confidentiality and trust," and while providers do their best, it's important for consumers to know their rights. "Consumers need the chance to participate in the conversation about how their health information can be appropriately managed. They need some control. And they can only do this if they know what's going on," she said.
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