The committee made three recommendations:
From: Chapter 2 - The bills, Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011, Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Parliament of Australia, 19 March 2012.
(2.24) The committee recommends that the review of the operation of the Act that will occur after two years pursuant to Clause 108 specifically consider the issue of the appropriateness of the vesting of the System Operator responsibility in the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing as well as possible alternative governance structures.
(2.46) The committee recommends that the review of the operation of the Act that will occur after two years pursuant to Clause 108 consider the opt-in design of the system including consideration of the feasibility and appropriateness of a transition to an op-out system.
(2.85) The committee recommends that the bills be passed.
Chapter 1 - Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011 and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2011
Scrutiny of Bills consideration
Conduct of the inquiry
Background to the policy development
Structure of the report
An overview of the PCEHR system
General support for eHealth
Functionality of the PCEHR System
Australian Greens Additional Comments
Australian Greens Comments
Default Access Controls
Use of data in research
Australian Greens Recommend
Dissenting Report by Coalition Senators
Adoption, Functionality and Interoperability of the PCEHR
“No Access” Controls
The Consumer and the Bill
Risk and Patient Safety
Answers to questions taken on notice
An overview of the PCEHR system
2.5 The PCEHR system will enable any Australian to register for an eHealth record and at the time of registering choose who will be able to access their record and the level of access that those parties may have. Consumers who elect to register will also be able to nominate a representative to help them manage their PCEHR. ...
2.11 Submitters to the inquiry have been in favour of the benefits that will result from the implementation of the PCEHR system, many recognising that it is time that such a system were implemented. ...
2.18 Part 2 of the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011 (PCEHR Bill) sets out the governance arrangements for the PCEHR system. Part 2 identifies the System Operator and specifies advisory bodies to the System Operator. ...
2.21 The Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) went as far as suggesting that implementation of the PCEHR system should be delayed until the governance arrangements set out in the bill are changed. Implementation on the basis that after two years the System Operator role would be transitioned to an independent body was not enough to allay their concerns ...
2.22 The Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA) also 'believes the System Operator (as described) is impossibly conflicted with roles as System Operator, System funder, and NEHTA Board Member.' ...
From: Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Bill 2011, Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs, Parliament of Australia, 19 March 2012.
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