Former e-Health chief dismisses privacy concerns

THERE is no foundation to concerns that automatically signing up patients to the personally controlled e-health records scheme risks breaching human rights laws, says former eHealth policy chief and ex-AMA president Dr Mukesh Haikerwal.

The Melbourne GP, formerly Chief Clinical Lead at the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), says privacy safeguards are some of the strongest elements of the existing system.

Dr Haikerwal, a harsh critic of the progress of the e-Health uptake, says the unique Health Identifier fundamentally protects