Dr Juanita Fernando is the Academic Convenor BMedSc (Hons) with the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. Chair of the Health Sub-Committee with the Australian Privacy Foundation and former Councillor with the Australasian College of Health Informatics, Dr Fernando's research concerns clinical health informatics, data exchange standards and information security. Dr Fernando has developed a particular emphasis on e-health and m-health tools and their contribution to workflow methodologies in the health sector.
The Emperor's new clothes: PCEHR system security
The Concept of Operations (ConOps), drafted by NEHTA, and the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) enabling legislation provide an overview of the PCEHR system and how privacy and security will work after going live from July 2012. Privacy is presented as a key design requirement in the documents as well as an outcome. Yet NEHTA and DoHA acknowledge major PCEHR system security shortcomings in the popular press and government inquiries. Patients and clinicians will consent to system participation without access to important privacy and security information. This presentation reviews publicly available information to explore the possibility that whatever words DoHA, NEHTA and the government may use to address clinician and patient fears, the fabric of PCEHR system legislation cannot protect us from them.(1)
(1). Wood, Naomi (2006). "The Ugly Duckling's Legacy: Adulteration, Contemporary Fantasy, and the Dark". Marvels & Tales 20 (2): 193-207.
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