The health sector continues to witness remarkable advancements in AI and technology, ranging from My Health Record and telehealth service platforms to a plethora of health and fitness monitors integrated into our phones, smart watches and rings. These digital health technologies provide numerous benefits, including improved accessibility and availability of healthcare services, which, in turn, enhance data for informed decision making. These advancements however also bring new challenges such as the dissemination of sensitive health information from malicious and unintentional disclosure.
In recent times, Australia has experienced significant data breaches that has affected millions of individuals. The Medibank data breach exposed the health information of nearly 10 million Australians, while the interception and leakage of Tasmanian Ambulance pager network radio transmissions caused concerns regarding privacy. Another incident involved the compromising of 15,000 patient records during the Melbourne Heart Group ransomware attack. These high-profile breaches have not only attracted considerable media attention but have also compelled media outlets to grapple with difficult editorial decisions when deciding on the information to disclose while raising public awareness about the issues facing the privacy of health information. These incidents often involve delicate issues related to defamation, as media outlets navigate the fine line between informing the public and potential reputational harm to individuals.
As always, we will be joined at this year’s Health Forum by an impressive line-up of industry experts who will share their views, experiences and stories as we take a deep dive into the relationship between healthcare, media and the evolution of technology and future of privacy in medicine. You can meet our speakers below.
BN’s Health Forum is a must attend event for all professionals working in or alongside healthcare who want to stay up-to-date on the trends and issues affecting the sector. But be quick, registration is free and places are limited.
Session 1: Healthcare on Trial: When the media locks in… and doesn’t go away
Session 2: Medicine and Technology: Exploring the boundaries of privacy in healthcare
Meet our speakers
Nick McKenzie, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald
Professor Kathryn von Treuer, The Cairnmillar Institute
Fleur Katsmartin, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr Nisha Khot, Peninsula Health
Natalie Laidlaw, Barry Nilsson