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Volume: 4 Issue: 10
(October 2017)

strategic change digitisation australian healthcare australia seeks take steps towards uniform digitised approach health data records patient access part national

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Strategic change: the digitisation of Australian healthcare

As Australia seeks to take steps towards a uniform, digitised approach to health data records and patient access as part of its National Digital Health Strategy (2018-2022) (the ‘Strategy’), recent incidents such as when Medicare card details of Australian citizens were stolen and sold on the dark web, illustrate the potential risks that come with moving health records online and with the Strategy. Toby Patten and Rowena Baer, of Baker McKenzie, provide their assessment of the Strategy and consider what the future could look like for digital health uptake in Australia.

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