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Cairns, Queensland https://yarwood.id.au

Trent is an infectious diseases specialist who works mainly in the prevention of drug-resistant infections and HIV medicine. He is interested in big data in healthcare, the ethics of public health surveillance, and privacy in digital health.

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The Deconstruction of Fallen Stars

You probably remember the 2016 Census, because it made a bit of a splash at the time.  Allegedly, it was able to be completed online, but it failed spectacularly. The official report surrounding events alleges it was a teensy, tiny denial of service attack. Many believe that it was actually just 
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Medical and Elder Law Conference

Thanks very much to ConfereNZ for asking Trent to speak at their recent Medical and Elder Law conference in Auckland. It was a whistlestop fly-in, fly-out tour for Trent (Auckland looked lovely from the back of the cab; he only saw it one-way because it was dark when he arrived), 
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myHR Secondary Use Framework

  Following hot on the tail of my post about data reuse, the Department of Health has released the "Framework to guide the secondary use of My Health Record system data" (hereafter "the Framework" - link[pdf]).  There was a public consultation last year, run by Healthconsult, and you can read the submission from Future Wise here. 
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Because we can?

In 2016, the Productivity Commission held an inquiry into ways to improve the availability and use of public and private sector data. We didn't have the capacity at the time to make a submission, although I did write a post on my personal blog in response to the Digital Health 
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Digital Health Update

There's been quite a bit going on in the digital health area of late. Unfortunately, it's coincided with me quite badly breaking the old version of our blog, so I haven't been able to post about it regularly. The blog is on the mend now, so here's a recap of 
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Democratised feels

Paul Kidd, someone I know through my work in the HIV sector, pointed out on Facebook, that 2016 wasn’t 2001 (September 11th) or 1941 (WW2) or 1914 (WW1) or any of the other years in which momentously awful things happened.  Despite this, there seems to have been a general consensus that 
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Never the twain

I’m a hospital-based medical specialist.  One of the things that annoys patients (and healthcare workers, too) is the rigid siloing of medical problems – “I’m not here about your diabetes, I’m the heart specialist”. The siloing of expertise isn’t just an issue for medical specialists, though.  Continuing the health example is 
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The price of convenience

If you’ve seen any discussion online about privacy and the use of free online services, you’ve probably seen the quote:  “If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product” – which has been attributed to Andrew Lewis.  It’s not a universally-held view, but from the point of view of your personal data, 
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eHealth - share your ideas

We’ve been a bit busy at Future Wise of late – sometimes life gets in the way of the things that we really want to do.  Justin has presented our thoughts on data retention at AusCERT on the Gold Coast, and stimulated some great discussion among IT security professionals.  I also put together a storify of 
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Straw Monis argument

Here at Future Wise, we’re pretty fired up about the Government’s plans to introduce mandatory data retention.  We’ve written a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee and you can see my blog post as well as articles by Leanne in Crikey and the Guardian and by Geordie in the Guardian as well.  We’re waiting for the PM’s national security statement to Parliament  – 
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There is no "meta"

The Attorney-General’s Department would like to collect your “metadata”. It tried to get the former Labor government to introduce it, and has found a willing ally in the current government’s focus on national security. The government and its security agencies assure you it is vital to prevent terrorism that they be able to more easily access 
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