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Six steps to protect your practice based on common queries Our Medico-Legal Advisory Service (MLAS) handled over 20000 calls last year. Based on common queries here are six steps to take to protect your practice.
Case studiesCourts & reportsDigital healthManaging patient incidentsMedical recordsPrescribing
Coroner finds patient death caused by failure in critical thinking A coroner has underscored the importance of critical thinking and good handover practices following an inquest into the patients death from an e-prescribing error following surgery.
ArticlesMedical recordsPrescribing
Reforms to Medicare compliance – firmer but fairer? Law reforms introduced from 1 July 2018 have given Medicare stronger debt recovery powers. The legislation also provides for fairer approaches to compliance by apportioning responsibility for overpaym...
ArticlesMedical recordsPrivacy & confidentiality
Avant statement on My Health Record Avant supports the aims and potential benefits of the My Health Record (MHR) system. This statement details the reasoning behind our position and highlights the benefits and potential risks.
Digital healthMedical recordsFeatured collections
My Health Record: all you need to know My Health Record is an online electronic summary of an individual s health information. Here we provide a list of resources to help you to navigate the My Health Record.
ArticlesDigital healthMedical recordsPrivacy & confidentiality
You've got mail – but should you reply? The Privacy Act does not prescribe how a healthcare organisation should communicate health information to patients or third parties. Any method of communication may be used as long as the organisation...
Digital healthFactsheetsMedical records
My Health Record FAQs Need help navigating the My Health Record system? Our medico-legal experts have created guidance for doctors including FAQs and a suite of resources
FactsheetsMedical recordsPrivacy & confidentiality
Data breach obligations for My Health Record If you are using the My Health Record in your practice your practice must notify the Australian Digital Health Agency and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner of certain data breaches...
Case studiesCourts & reportsMedical recordsPractising professionallyPrescribing
GP suspended for prescribing and conduct issues A case involving a GP member disciplined for a range of issues including inappropriately prescribing steroids and human growth hormones highlights regulatory bodies approach to this type of practise.
Case studiesCourts & reportsMedical recordsPrivacy & confidentiality
Tribunal finds surgeon shared patient’s health information in best interests A surgeon who defended a civil suit for sharing health information about a patient with two doctors without express consent has been found not to have breached privacy laws.
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