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.” The plan is illustrated with the following graphic:
The ‘community’??? Just what information is the ‘community’ going to know about my health – or yours?
Nor do I think the government has any business knowing my health issues or status.
Each step of the plan includes three-year and six-year goals, and the various goals, depending on their focus, require the involvement of department and agencies as disparate as the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, and NASA, in addition to the expected participation of entities such as HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Indian Health Service. The report includes a comprehensive list of all departments and agencies involved:
The Department of Education? Justice department and Bureau of Prisons; just exactly what is the government planning on doing with my medical records, eh? Look at the agencies that will be able to ‘share’ your medical records, consider the number of people that will be able to access it. Consider the number of potential security weak points that hackers could use to gain that information. Then tell me how it will benefit me in the long run or at all?
I’m the only one feeling a little distrustful of our government now days?