SCU’s Professor Peter Croll will talk about privacy of health records in a free public lecture this Wednesday.
SCU’s Professor Peter Croll will talk about privacy of health records in a free public lecture this Wednesday.

Is health info under threat?

 

PROTECTING the privacy of your health and medical information in the age of electronic health records is something that is becoming increasingly important.

Southern Cross University’s Professor of Information Technology and Information Systems, Professor Peter Croll will be teaching you how to do exactly that during a public lecture to be held at the Coffs Harbour campus this Wednesday.

The lecture titled ‘Electronic health records – weighing up the risks and benefits' is part of the University’s Professorial Lecture Series and the North Coast Innovation Festival.

“The Australian Government is moving towards a universal approach to the adoption of electronic health records with the introduction of a national Health Identifier Bill in 2010,” Professor Croll said.

“This legislation could pave the way for all individuals to be assigned a unique identifier that can be used to link a range of records currently held by government and private organisations.”

Professor Croll said while there were possible benefits in quality and efficiency, there were also risks for confidentially and privacy.

“Can we trust IT systems and the organisations that use them? Health and medical information, which is essentially our information, is not necessarily under our control,” he said.

“We need to find the right balance between making health information easily accessible and ensuring the safety of the individual.”

Professor Croll will outline in a very easy-to-understand way, what individuals need to know about their information and how to adequately protect that information.

Professor Croll has been researching and publishing on the safety of computer systems for more than 30 years.

The free lecture is being held in MLG13, SCU Coffs Harbour campus, on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

RSVP to Donna McIntrye on 6620 3503 or email donna.mcintyre@ scu.edu.au



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