Stuff.co.nz reports on New Zealand's move toward electronic health records and the federal privacy commissioner's expectations on patient information sharing. "In New Zealand, we have very high levels of trust in our health professionals and everyone is working hard to keep it that way," Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff said, adding e-health records will be successful only if patients and health providers are confident about privacy protections. Shroff also said the $38 million information sharing system must have privacy safeguards built in and that patients should be able to opt out of the sharing. "We can't afford to get it wrong," Shroff said.
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