This blog is totally independent, unpaid and has only three major objectives.
The first is to inform readers of news and happenings in the e-Health domain, both here in Australia and world-wide.
The second is to provide commentary on e-Health in Australia and to foster improvement where I can.
The third is to encourage discussion of the matters raised in the blog so hopefully readers can get a balanced view of what is really happening and what successes are being achieved.
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Timeless Quotes - Sadly The Late Paul Shetler - "Its not Your Health Record it's a Government Record Of Your Health Information"
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Sunday, June 20, 2010
Legislative Alert – Health Identifier Service Bill Listed For Debate Monday, June 21, 2010
Under the Orders for the Day for the Senate (which sits at 12.30pm) we find the following as Item 7.
7. Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010
Healthcare Identifiers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2010—(Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Senator Wong)
Second reading—Adjourned debate (15 March 2010).
Just when debate will actually happen is a little hard to tell at this point as before it we have substantial legislation on Renewable Energy, Welfare Quarantining, Telstra Separation and the Preventive Health Agency.
There are a total of 37 items to be debated so the HI Service seems to be close to the top of the list.
Health Minister Nicola Roxon has offered the opposition a raft of concessions in a last-ditch push to get the government’s troubled electronic health identifier legislation passed in the Senate next week.
The article suggests that the key concessions to be placed in legislation are in the areas of who is to operate the HI Service (Medicare Australia) and what uses can be made of the Identifier (limited to health sector).
However the Opposition has some other amendments which relate to the split between legislation and regulations and they are apparently saying they will insist on those before passage of the legislation. AFR Page 52 June 18, 2010
It will be interesting to see what changes emerge.
Ahead of the scheduled 1 July start date for the introduction of individual healthcare identifiers, the Australian Privacy Foundation has slammed the Federal Government for its lack of communication around the Individual Healthcare Identifier Bill.
With just one parliamentary sitting week left to get the Bill through the Senate before 1 July, Australian Privacy Foundation's chair of the health sub committee Dr Juanita Fernando said the lack of communication surrounding the planned implementation was a cause for concern.
"We find it appalling that the national government has offered no coherent analysis, architecture or governance framework for the Health Identifiers Bill currently before the Senate," Fernando said.
Earlier this month, Health Minister Nicola Roxon announced a number of changes to the Healthcare Identifiers Bill including clarifications around how healthcare organisations would communicate with the Health Identifiers Service, but according to Fernando, this was not enough.
"The evidence suggests that some health authorities may actually be misinforming Australian consumers and patients as well," Fernando said, adding the Australian Privacy Foundation believed the identifiers were the first step to a new national ID.