Telstra Health has urgently addressed potential privacy breaches caused by a flaw in its Argus software.
Designed to securely communicate confidential patient information in-line with privacy standards, the software is used by more than 40,000 providers, including hospitals, GPs, specialists, primary health networks and allied health providers.
A vulnerability was identified in legacy versions of the software which made it accessible to unauthorised parties where a customer's remote desktop connections were still open. It has been confirmed that the Argus software does not connect with My Health Record.
The flaw can be addressed with a security patch, however Telstra has advised clients who no longer use the program, to uninstall it and ensure all associated accounts are removed from computers.
A statement from the Australian Digital Health Agency can be read here.