Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Identifiers: Legislation Discussion Paper
Consultation is Closed
- eHealth website
- Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record Review Report
- Healthcare Identifiers Act and Service Review - Final Report - June 2013
- Public Consultation Report on the recommendations of the Review of the PCEHR
Privacy Impact Assessment Report 2015 – Opt-Out Model
In conducting this PIA, a range of assumptions have been used to determine the possible flows of information as well as the processes for communication and opting out of the system. The report makes recommendations for managing, minimising or eliminating negative impacts on the privacy of an individual’s personal information.
The PIA identified a number of key privacy risks relating to the Opt-Out model including ensuring that:
- individuals are made aware of how their personal information will be handled and how to opt-out or adjust privacy control settings so they can make informed decisions; and
- there is legislative authority for the use and disclosure of identifying information and healthcare identifiers.
- amendments to the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 and Health Care Identifiers Act 2010 Act;
- developing appropriate forms of communication to better inform and reach vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals;
- further consultation and publishing of the consultation and PIA reports to increase transparency about privacy risks and benefits of the Opt-Out participation model; and
- re-designing the labelling, layout and explanation of various privacy control settings such that it is clear, neutral, explicit and easy for individuals to understand.
Work is underway with states and territories and Primary Healthcare Networks on trial site selection, and further detailed planning including the evaluation criteria and methodology. A further PIA will be undertaken specifically for the opt-out trials as funded in the 2015-16 Federal Budget, and will be made available once accepted by the Department of Health.
Accessible word version of the Privacy Impact Assessment Report 2015 - System Opt-Out Model (Word 391 KB)
Printable version of the Privacy Impact Assessment Report 2015 - System Opt-Out Model (PDF 2076 KB)