This year we mark a milestone in privacy law in New Zealand. On 5 May 1993, the Privacy Act was passed in Parliament with the complete support of the country’s political parties.
If you work in a small practice or medical centre, there’s every chance you may not have received many requests for personal information from patients. The starting point is to know that the Privacy Act gives people the right to make a request for information that is about them.
Privacy is sometimes wrongly seen as antithetical to information sharing. It is not. Privacy and information sharing are different sides of the same coin. Our Privacy Act could just have easily and just as accurately been called the Information Sharing Act. Rather than arbitrarily limit what information can be shared, with whom, and for what purposes, the Privacy Act provides a framework for safe information sharing.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term used to describe a broad basket of self-learning technologies. It is not only for self-driving cars, making shopping easier or for businesses to make better decisions in allocating their resources - but can reveal new insights into health issues and provide solutions to enable people to live a healthy life.