Privacy concerns as healthcare company takes 800,000 patients' medical data for a massive new database

Four healthcare IT companies are worried patients don't appear to be aware their medical records are being copied into new electronic databases.

Primary Health Organisation Procare is creating a single database containing the identifiable medical records of up to 800,000 Auckland patients.

Concerns have been raised with the Privacy Commissioner about the potential breach of patient privacy.

Procare says it is doing nothing wrong and that patients consent to this data use when they enrol at their GP.

Healthlink Chief Executive Tom Bowden and Dr Allan Moffitt, Procare's Clinical Director, this morning spoke to Breakfast to discuss the issue. Watch the video in this story for more.

Healthlink Chief Executive Tom Bowden and Procare Clinical Director Dr Allan Moffitt talk to Breakfast about the issue. Source: Breakfast