The National Privacy Principles

Protecting Privacy Throughout the Practive Information Life Cycle

 

Information Comes From:

 

  • Individual (you)

  • Referring GP (and staff)

  • Responsible person

  • Other Health Services Providers including hospitals, clinics, other GP's, pathology, radiology

  • Internal records

  • Insurers and institutions

  • Government Instrumentalities including Dept of Veteran's Affairs

  • Physiotherapists

  • Midwives

  • Other Specialists

 

Collecting Information:

 

This is a specialist medical service.

 

NPP 1 - Collection

Information is collected to:

  • Take a medical history and record examination findings

  • Make a diagnosis and interpret results

  • Ensure appropriate testing

  • Link  medical reports to individuals and their health care providers

  • Seek confirmation or to fulfill testing requirements from third parties where appropriate

  • Have available for future reference in determining trends or significant changes and practice outcomes

  • Allow billing and payments

  •  Fulfill regulatory and public health requirements

  • Assure quality and improve processes

 

NPP 10 - Sensitive Information

Sensitive information is collected, stored, used and accessed with due regard for privacy in accordance with the National Privacy Principles.:

  • An individual can choose to suppress some information and to limit the transfer of reports to specified parties

  • In some circumstances, responsible persons can give consent for individuals

 

NPP 8 - Anonymity

An individual may have a test anonymously but this can be dangerous. An individual choosing to do this muct be aware of the potential consequences including that:

  • Diagnosis and advice may be seriously impaired with consequent adverse medical outcomes

  • There may be a mismatching of the individual's results

  • There muct be an acceptance that there is a consequent limitation to the liability of the medical practice

  • It may result in breakdown in good public health practice

  • It cannot be claimed under Medicare

 

Storage & Maintenance

 

NPP 3 - Data Quality

  • Every effort is made to keep an individual's information accurate, up to date and complete

  • You are entitled to see your records and change them to improve the accuracyy of the information

 

NPP 4 - Data Security

  • Medical information has restricted access and changes are tracked

 

Access (by the individual)

 

NPP 6 - Acccess and Correction

  • The preferred way to get your medical records is in consultation with your doctor, where the information can be explained in the context of your health management with Dr Morrow

  • Individuals do, however, have the right to access their medical records

  • A written request is required and, depending on how old the information is, there may be a charge

  • To protect your privacy, individuals may require positive identification

 

Use of Information & Disclosure

 

Use of information within the practice and disclosure to third parties

 

NPP 2 - Use and Disclosure and NPP 9 - Transborder Data Flows

  • Information is used within the practice for managing your care and advice reporting back to your GP

  • In the routine medical process, health information may be disclosed to another provider for the purposes of getting a second opinion

  • Information is used for billing

 

NPP 7 - Identifiers

  • Government identifiers are used wherever necessary for billing

  • Any identity information may be used by the practice to ensure that an individual and their results are linked in confidence.