Paramedics launch class action over the sale of their medical records to personal injury solicitors

SMH, 18 November 2017
Author: Harriet Alexander
“Ambulance staff whose medical records were sold to solicitors will launch a class action against NSW Ambulance in the Supreme Court on Monday in an action that will test privacy law. NSW Ambulance contractor Waqar Malik was convicted of unlawfully disclosing personal information last year after he sold the worker’s compensation files of 130 former and current employees to personal injury lawyers.”
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CEU v University of Technology Sydney [2017] NSWCATAD 79

Decision date: 13 March 2017
“ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – Health Privacy Principles 2, 9 and 11 of the Health Records and Information Protection Act 2003 – whether provision of health information by one administrative unit of an agency to another constitutes ‘disclosure’ – whether diagnosis of alcohol dependence accurate – whether applicant’s diary collected by agency – whether notes collected were irrelevant, excessive, inaccurate or unreasonably intrusive – whether health information disclosed as alleged on 21 May 2015 – meaning of ‘disclosure’ in Health Privacy Principle 11.”
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Sheehan v Kitson (Human Rights) [2016] VCAT 1964

Decision date: 24 November 2016
“On 29 November 2016, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal) handed down its decision in relation to an application by four doctors against a former patient, seeking a declaration that the patient had conducted vexatious proceedings against each of them in relation to the provision of medical records.”
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Patients’ Assessment Of Their Health Is Gaining Importance In Treatment

KHN, 5 April 2016
Author: Michelle Andrews
“It may seem like a no-brainer to include patients’ assessments of their physical and mental conditions and quality of life into medical care, but such patient-generated data has traditionally been confined to research rather than clinical settings. Clinicians have typically focused more on physical exams, medical tests and biological measures to guide patient care. However, as patient-centered medical care has taken hold in recent years, there’s been a growing interest in finding ways to use outcomes reported by individuals to help guide care.”
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