Legal issues related to Accountable-eHealth systems in Australia

Gajanayake, Randike, Lane, William B., Iannella, Renato, & Sahama, Tony R. (2012) Legal issues related to Accountable-eHealth systems in Australia. In Williams, Trish & Valli, Craig (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st Australian eHealth informatics and security conference, SRI, Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Perth, Australia, pp. 16-21.

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Information privacy requirements of patients and information requirements of healthcare providers (HCP) are competing concerns. Reaching a balance between these requirements have proven difficult but is crucial for the success of eHealth systems. The traditional approaches to information management have been preventive measures which either allow or deny access to information. We believe that this approach is inappropriate for a domain such as healthcare. We contend that introducing information accountability (IA) to eHealth systems can reach the aforementioned balance without the need for rigid information control. IA is a fairly new concept to computer science, hence; there are no unambiguously accepted principles as yet. But the concept delivers promising advantages to information management in a robust manner. Accountable-eHealth (AeH) systems are eHealth systems which use IA principles as the measure for privacy and information management. AeH systems face three main impediments; technological, social and ethical and legal. In this paper, we present the AeH model and focus on the legal aspects of AeH systems in Australia. We investigate current legislation available in Australia regarding health information management and identify future legal requirements if AeH systems are to be implemented in Australia.

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ID Code: 55218
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: eHealth, information privacy, information accountability, accountable-eHealth, privacy law, data breach, legal issues, legislation
ISBN: 978-0-7298-0705-0
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Edith Cowan University
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2012 22:37
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 10:53

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