Posts in Privacy
What is Privacy Awareness? Privacy Awareness Week 2019

This year, Privacy Awareness Week runs from 12 - 18 May 2019 and there are a number of very relevant messages being touted by the many organisations involved. There are also considerable resources available that provide straight forward advice and guidance on privacy obligations and options, including help identifying aspects to not be concerned about.  Data collection and privacy ‘challenges’ are increasingly complex and yet increasingly crucial for organisations in creating and maintaining people’s trust and meeting the expectations for services delivered. Government agencies and private companies need to start by knowing their privacy obligations; this is what privacy awareness is about.

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Why I won't be opting out of My Health Record

Over the last six months, I have frequently been asked by people who know about my involvement with eHealth whether I am opting out or staying in My Health Record. To me, there is only one answer – of course I am staying in!  There may be limitations today but it is only by participating that we will see improvements in the quality of information and the real longer term value of the record in supporting health care.

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Review of the Health Information Management Association Australia 2018 National Conference: engaging the next generation!

When I graduated (yes last century!), the main employment opportunities for a new graduate was in a public hospital managing their Medical Records Department – responsible for manual PMI (5x7 inch index cards), assembling, filing and retrieving paper-based records, using your analytic and problem-solving skills to locate lost records, mortality and morbidity data reporting and medico legal correspondence. Today the language of healthcare and the technology has changed - we have digitisation of health information, a plethora of data readily available for analytics and research; the beginnings of artificial intelligence within an MRD, data interoperability, and a milestone with the MyHealth Record!

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The GDPR: The new data protection requirement impacting Australian organisations in 2018

A significant new data protection requirements are being introduced in May 2018 that will impact Australian organisations.  This is the European Union General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR.

The GDPR contains new data protection requirements that will apply from 25 May 2018.  Although this is an EU regulation, it has broad coverage that will affect many Australian businesses, educational institutions and Government agencies.

Australian businesses should determine whether they need to comply with the GDPR and if so, take steps now to ensure their personal data handling practices comply with the GDPR before its commencement.

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