Oh, wtf? Is nothing secret from anyone anymore. Big Brother is right up your ass and you don’t even know it, unless you are a subscriber here of course!.
Touting the benefits of the new CDC tracking capabilities for H1N1 Swine flu-
The CDC also hopes its analysis of the data will help it better understand the characteristics of H1N1 outbreaks and determine who is most at risk for developing complications from the virus. Prior to implementing the new system, the CDC relied heavily on tracking insurance claims data, which could take days, if not weeks, to make its way to the agency’s medical staff for analysis. via http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9140403/CDC_adopts_new_near_real_time_flu_tracking_system
So much for privacy. Read How the government tracks you on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace from http://obambi.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/facebooktracking/
Americans won’t need a barcoded bracelet or an RFID tag especially if we have government-run health care.
Yesterdays commentary was about a huge undertaking by the FDA, and insurance companies ability to track prescriptions given to pregnant women-
A new research program called the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program (MEPREP) will fund research to study the effects of prescription medications used during pregnancy. The program is a collaboration among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and researchers at the HMO Research Network Center for Education and Research in Therapeutics (CERT), Kaiser Permanente’s multiple research centers and Vanderbilt University.
Collectively, the 11 participating sites have health care information for about 1 million births over the past seven years (2001-2007). Many of the mothers associated with these births likely used medication during their pregnancies and now, with the program in place, the FDA and participating researchers have a systematic and timely way of retrieving information from this network.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm1959
That is 11 million patient records out there for study and review and I bet my bottom dollar, that the patient’s history did not specifically express that the information was going to be gathered for analysis and held for years.
Read that fine line before signing where you authorize the physician or hospital to share your information. Of course, if you want insurance you are going to sign- it’ll probably be just mandatory under government run health care.
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