By Lucy Carter – ABC News.
Telstra has been awarded a lucrative Federal Government contract to build and operate a National Cancer Screening Register, but health and privacy experts are concerned about the security of the data.
Under the $220 million five year contract, Telstra Health — the telco’s health arm — will modernise and nationalise screening for cervical and bowel cancer.
Until now, cervical cancer screening has been run by eight separate state and territory-based registers, and screening for bowel cancer has been run by one central body but mostly relied on postal reminders.
The creation of a digital and national cancer register was welcomed by Australian Medical Association vice-president Dr Stephen Parnis… read the full story.