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DENTISTS have been stealing dental records for years, but now dentists have access to more information than ever.
The Dental Information Exchange (DIE) service allows people to share their records, with no registration required.
The idea is that by sharing dental records, people can learn more about their health, the type of treatment they are getting, and how they are spending their money.
It is believed that dentists are the biggest offenders when it comes to data breaches.
Last year, the Government was forced to release an internal audit report that revealed that over a decade, Dentists were stealing information from the DIE.
The report also revealed that dentistry’s information security team had not done enough to stop dentists stealing information.
The DIE was created by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in 2004.
Dentists were not initially required to be registered with the AMA.
In fact, dentists had to have a ‘certificate of professional competence’ and an Australian Medical Council (AMA)-issued medical degree to practise in Australia.
The AMA launched the DIA in 2004 with the stated aim of protecting patient information from breaches.
However, the scheme has been plagued by data breaches and breaches of patient data.
In February, the AMA launched a ‘safer, more secure, more affordable’ DIE program that included increased protections for the data that was shared.
However, the program has also come under scrutiny, with the AAP recently publishing a report that called for the AMA to change the program to ensure that dentisters have a greater degree of trust in the scheme.
In a statement, the AAP said that “the DIE is a critical service that provides an important platform for access to dental information, particularly for patients in remote and rural communities”.
The AMA says that it has not received any complaints of data breaches with the DIES.
“Dietitians, healthcare professionals and dentists need to be assured that dental information is treated with the utmost respect,” it said.
However, Dr John Gidley from the University of NSW’s School of Health Sciences says that the AMA has not done a good enough job of informing the public about the program.
“There is no information provided to the public that would allow us to be able to be confident that it’s being delivered in a timely fashion,” Dr Gidleys said.
“Dentistry is very different to other services.
They’re very fast and they’re very expensive.
So you don’t want to go in with a bad impression of the dentist and be in a situation where you’re not satisfied with the outcome.”
Dr Gidnes also says that dentures may not be able do much to stop dental theft.
“It’s very difficult to be in the business of dental theft, especially if you have a licence,” he said.
“Dentures don’t do anything about it.
They can’t stop it from happening.”
Dr John Giddens said that the DIR’s recent security audit highlighted the fact that dentris had “significant vulnerabilities”.
“There are vulnerabilities in their database that may allow a dentistry to obtain information from a dental records that is not registered to them,” he told the ABC.
Dr Giddes said that dentrists who misuse DIEs could also lose their licence, which could lead to a $10,000 fine.
“If the dentist is found to be involved in any kind of illegal activity, they may be sanctioned by the state,” he added.
For now, Dr Gidds said that Dentists should have the opportunity to apply for a DIE and that the program was “fully automated”.