Telstra takes over patient cancer screening register

By the middle of next year, GPs and their patients should have access to a one-click, national, computerised patient register for bowel and cervical cancer screening.

A $220 million Federal Government contract to merge and operate nine state- and territory-based cervical cancer registries and bowel cancer screening in the next five years was awarded last month to Telstra Health.

While the move was welcomed by the AMA as a positive step in the fight against cancer, data experts have raised concerns about the wisdom of placing sensitive patient records under the same roof as a company that sells