As reported in The Weekly Standard: Feds Plan for 35 Agencies to Help Collect, Share, Use Electronic Health Info, since ’09, physicians have been offered incentives to put all health histories into a transferable electronic format.
….This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to “advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research.”
Yes, the Feds want every detail of our health histories online, to be shared by the following agencies:
Really, what could go wrong?
Here is an ABC report from 2012: Your Medical Records May Not Be Private: ABC News Investigation
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…what if you were to find out those medical records containing your private history, family history and medication history weren’t so private after all?
Julie, a lawyer from Boston, discovered that her sensitive health information was available to anyone who worked at the hospital.
“My expectation was that my records were going to be private, especially my therapy records,” Julie said. “And if another doctor wanted to see my records, they’d ask me and then I’d give my authorization for them to view my records if they needed to see them.”
Julie, who requested her last name not be used, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her late teens and began seeing a psychiatrist in 2002 after speaking with her primary care physician.
She, like millions of Americans, thought her conversations with her psychiatrist were confidential….
What she didn’t realize was that her physician’s notes could be accessed by doctors and other health-care providers who worked in the same health-care system (6,000 doctors and nine affiliated hospitals) to have access — information she learned after going to see an on-call physician for a stomach issue and realizing he knew about intimate relationship information only disclosed to her psychiatrist.
“It was pretty traumatic because I felt that, you know, this man read without — against my wishes — without my consent,” Julie said. “He read private information that I disclosed to a therapist that I didn’t even tell my best friends about.”
Theft and violations of privacy are only the tip of the iceberg.
Giving the government total access to all our personal information?
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