Privacy legislation impacts on individuals' health records in NSW

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Privacy legislation impacts on individuals' health records in NSW

NSW legislation has been assented that will protect the health records of individuals in relation to the management of these records by public and private section organisations and businesses. The federal privacy legislation does not extend to State government agencies.

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NSW legislation has been assented that will protect the health records of individuals in relation to the management of these records by public and private section organisations and businesses. The federal privacy legislation does not extend to State government agencies.

The Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) was assented to on 25 September 2002.

This legislation applies to both public sector agencies and private sector persons who are health service providers or who collect, hold or use health information.

The Act established 15 Health Privacy Principles that relate to collection, retention, access to and security of the health records of individuals.

The Act also provides for a complaints handling system in relation to public sector agencies and the private sector.

The Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW) will commence on proclamation.

 

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