Government installs spyware on Doctors PC's

The government is being accused of installing what amounts to spyware on GP's PC's so that they can collect patient information. The information is collected without patient permission.

[quote]The GP Leaders Forum yesterday wrote to the country's 3500 GPs advising them of what it regards as a serious breach of patient confidentiality.

It was also concerned that the ministry and DHBs went ahead to install software to extract patient data without discussing first with GPs what data would be taken.

"Patient confidentiality is our first and foremost concern – nothing that is identifiable should leave the practice without the practice and patient being aware of this, and giving consent," said Bev O'Keefe, chairwoman of the Independent Practitioner Associations Council, one of four GP bodies that signed the letter.[/quote]

I for one am disturbed at this trend of government departments collecting identifiable data without my permission.

It is the thin end of the wedge and is simply unnecessary and? smacks of spying on the populace. Once installed it is a relatively easy step to extend the information gathering without notification.