When Obamacare passed in 2010, it contained provisions which “encouraged” Doctors and Hospitals to transition into the realm of digital medical records . The reasons given by those supporting Obamacare for including these provisions have ranged from the the safety to the convenience of the patients. But it would appear that they left out one major reason that Politicians might want all of our medical information to become digital…so it’s easier for the Government to access them.
In April of 2012, Obama’s Science Czar, John Holdren, while answering a question about the Administration’s efforts on allowing access to the coming deluge of medical information spawned from digital medical records, stated (above video):
We are working very hard on those issues, because we do think there is enormous potential in wider access to health data in understanding what works and doesn’t work, in therapies, including cancer therapies; in basically using the experience of vast numbers of physicians and patients to greatly expand what we can learn from the relatively small set of controlled studies alone. But that does involve taking privacy issues very seriously. Our new Chief Technology Officer in the Administration, Todd Park, who has succeeded Aneesh Chopra in that role, comes from the health sector, very much preoccupied with finding the answers to those questions.
Taking those facts into consideration, it makes Mr. Holdren’s statements about “what will work” when it comes to Health Care more disturbing, since a major reason why a Government may need to know “what works” when it comes to medical treatment would be if they were forming a panel to decide what treatments the Government will or will not pay for… aka Death Panels.
It also makes one wonder exactly what definition of “Privacy” the Administration is using as a guide, since allowing “Wider” access to any information no longer makes it private.
But then again, it is probably asking too much from an Administration who is building a Smart Grid which will monitor your TV and Internet habits to understand the concept of privacy or… Liberty.