HealthEngine supplying patient data for targeted advertising: report

Online appointment booking service HealthEngine has been supplying personal medical information captured from users of its appointments app to third parties, including personal injury lawyers, for targeted advertising purposes, according to the ABC.

The ABC revealed today that it has obtained private documents from law firm Slater and Gordon that show HealthEngine passed on the details of up to 200 people a month during a “referral partnership pilot” last year.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: HealthEngine, patient consent

Comments  

# Ian Mcknight 2018-06-26 12:35
HealthEngine deserve everything they get over this. The cynicism of exploiting the fact that most people don't click on the "terms and conditions" type links when making a booking or installing software. Their intention of providing patient information to legal firms should be a website banner, not hidden behind a hyperlink. Sadly what this does of course is help further mistrust in everything digital, and provide further fodder for critics of data based health initiatives.

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