Two former National E-Health Authority employees who are pushing a self-developed alternative to individual health identifiers have been threatened with legal action by the authority for what it claims is theft of its intellectual property. …you appear to be claiming ownership of intellectual property of a government-funded entity and offering it back as a business opportunity… NEHTA lawyer, Piper Alderman partner Tom Griffith NEHTA’s charge has been to bring Australia into the e-health era where every Australian has an electronic medical record. It has been working with Medicare on a number for each citizen which can be used to collate medical information. Phillip Johnson and Peter West, who left the employment of the authority late last year, had been concerned about the privacy implications of such a number, which could make it easier for people to obtain personal medical information. They worked together on a system called *DIAD, and put in two provisional patent filings, as well as registering web domains with the name. According to an information page on the system, instead of using a number, it uses a handle — like in social networking — controlled by the patient. NEHTA’s legal council has sent a legal letter to… Read full this story
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