About the conference
After a relatively slow start, medicine and health services
are going online at an increasing pace. This event
explores the frameworks which govern cybermedicine and
health services on the Internet, and investigates examples
where there is particular tension between new technical
capabilities and traditional safeguards and regulatory
models protecting patients and consumers.
This is the latest of a series of continuing legal education
conferences run by the Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law
and Policy Centre at the UNSW Law Faculty. It will assist
legal and medical practitioners, researchers, policy and
system developers, decision makers and others to keep
abreast of the range of cyberspace and Internet legal
issues affecting medicine and health.
Over a full day it will cover a range of topical areas:
- Electronic medical records
- Privacy of medical data
- Emerging technologies in e-health and cybermedicine
- Liability in e-health
- Online consumer medical information
- Human genetic information
MCLE Units: per whole day 6 units, half day 3 units.
Thursday 31 July 2003
9:00 am Introduction from the chair, David Vaile,
executive director of the Centre
9:10 am World tour of e-Health record systems
Amanda Cornwall, NSW
Health Care Complaints Commission
Electronic and online services in health and medical
records are starting to make substantial impacts on the
way patients approach treatment, health professionals
deliver it and institutions collect and use information.
This is an international overview of nationally significant
e-health record systems.
10:00-10:50 Authentication of electronic medical records
Mark Mynott, Health
Maintaining privacy of electronic health records raise
particular challenges for verification of the identity
and authority of users. This session looks at these e-authentication
issues and the legal frameworks in which they are situated.
10:50 am Morning Tea
11:20-12:10 Access to electronic medical records - privacy
Natasha Mann, Privacy
The emerging "electronic health record" poses
particular issues for privacy of sensitive medical data;
this session looks at how instruments like the new guidelines
released by Privacy NSW affect issues such as rights to
access the information, and ownership and rights over
12:10-1:00 Protection of human genetic information
- the ALRC report and beyond
Luigi Palombi, UNSW
Law Faculty researcher in intellectual property issues
in biomedical data
What legal issues arise out of the increasing capture
and storage of human genetic information, especially when
stored in networked databases? The recently
released final report 'Essentially
Yours: The Protection of Human Genetic Information in
Australia' by the ALRC is the starting point for this
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 Emerging cybermedicine technologies, and their
risks and benefits
Steve Tipper, Centre
for Health Informatics, UNSW Medical Faculty
Advances in technology such as telemedicine bring promise
of new services to remote or distant patients, but there
are questions about the risks and benefits. The Centre
for Health Informatics (www.chi.unsw.edu.au)
is involved in the development or assessment of many of
these new technologies.
2:40 Principles of medical law and their potential
applications to e-health
Christine Forster, Lecturer in Law and Medicine, UNSW
An outline of the general principles of medical law,
and discussion of their potential application to e-health
3:20 Afternoon Tea
3:40 E-Health liability - presentations
Bill Madden, professional negligence partner, Slater
and Gordon, and chair of medical negligence special
interest group, Australian
Plaintiff Lawyers Association
Ken Ramsay, partner and head of national health practice
Electronic health initiatives raise challenges and issues
for medical negligence, both in terms of using such systems,
and not using them. Recent developments and emerging trends
for practitioners, system providers and patient advocates.
4:50 Online 'Consumer Health Information'
Helen Hopkins, Consumers
The challenges of putting acceptable consumer health
information online, and how availability of consumer medical
information on the Internet is developing and being regulated.
5:30 pm Close
Date: 31 July 2003
Venue: Grace Hotel, 77 York Street (corner King Street)
Whole Day - $550.00 or
Half Day - $352.00. GST Inclusive
Course fees include tuition, materials, lunch and refreshments.
Postgraduate or undergraduate students, the
unemployed, and community legal centre staff will receive
a 25% discount on the normal fee charged for attending
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About the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre -
The centre, established within the Faculty of Law at UNSW,
provides a focus for research, public interest advocacy
and education on issues of law and policy concerning digital
transactions in cyberspace. Baker & McKenzie (http://www.bakernet.com)
are the founding supporters of the Centre.
About the Cyberspace
Law and Policy Series - The Centre is hosting
a series of events examining the public interest in cyberspace
legal and policy issues, and some practical workshops
on related legal procedure. The series includes both Continuing
Legal Education conferences and workshops, and Symposia
which bring together policy makers and legal and technical
experts for round table discussions.