Health information
July 17th, 2006

“A large Melbourne hospital has sparked a dispute among doctors by sending out sensitive health information as email,”this news article says.”One doctor described unencrypted email as akin to a message being sent on a postcard through Australia Post. Austin Health has been emailing discharge summaries to patients’ GPs instead of sending them by fax or post, following a decision by the hospital’s privacy committee that the benefits of rapid communication outweighed the risks to patient confidentiality.The practice is in breach of security guidelines established by the General Practice Computing Group to safeguard personal data in medical systems”.

Unencrypted medical email sparks dispute


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