Australia Investigates Data Hack Leading to Assault on NurseAdded: Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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The local health regulator has notified the privacy watchdog of allegations a man employed by the agency assaulted a nurse after using his credentials to track her down. The incident was revealed in the local media last week, and it raises serious concerns over risk for medical practitioners, who may face further assaults, fraud and illegal access to their personal information.
In another case, an employee of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) used her access to medical records to find out details of a complaint made against her two years ago. She then used the obtained data in separate court proceedings. Ahpra notified the national health practitioner privacy commissioner about the breaches, and they are now being investigated.
This is regarded as the first official acknowledgment that the data breaches have occurred, but the agency declined to comment on individual matters for privacy reasons. It should be noted that Ahpra has been the subject of continuing scrutiny over its performance. At the moment, it also faces a Senate inquiry into its handling of medical complaints sparked by the independent senators.
The vice-president of the Australian Medical Association believes that database breaches were a result of criminal activity by individuals. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency was established 6 years ago, when medical registration processes across regions were rolled into one national accreditation scheme. Since then, the list of the regulated health professions has expanded and included Chinese medicine practitioners, occupational therapists and chiropractors, aside from conventional doctors and nurses.
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