More Electronic Surveillance…

Coming your way. Saturday, Junkfood Science posted an article on ESP. No, not Extra Sensory Perception, but rather an insidious little electronic surveillance program called Electronic Support for Public Health.

There is such a thing as ESP

A report in the new issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gives us a picture of the future, as health insurers and governmental agencies perfect the surveillance capabilities of electronic medical records.


An accompanying CDC editorial note regretted that electronic medical records don’t yet contain “certain pieces of key epidemiologic data in a coded form that can be identified readily by electronic algorithms. Examples include case contacts, risky behaviors, foreign travel, and relevant occupations (e.g., food handler or day care worker).” [emphasis added]

[Read this again. While communicable diseases might make these surveillance and involuntary reporting capabilities seem beneficial, think about the future implications and potentials for abuse (with no protections in place) — of government and insurer surveillance of any lifestyle behaviors or ‘disease’ conditions they might consider as risky in the name of public health, the repercussions of the government reporting and sharing information about health conditions or “risk factors” with employers or other stakeholders, and that it even wants to be able to identify people you associate with and your movements. Think about the groundwork being laid. The CDC has already proposed policies for how the government can collect, use and sell our electronic medical records; and demonstrated it can enforce compliance by state health departments for tracking certain conditions by threatening to cut off their federal funding. The HHS has similarly shown it can make people comply with ‘healthy’ lifestyle and medical prescriptions by restricting healthcare benefits or government benefits; and affect doctors’ compliance through pay-for-performance measures. The arguments** opposing legislation to protect the privacy and use of genetic information, used by the country’s insurers, described how they envision using genetic information. The significance goes far beyond issues of security, identity theft and the confidentiality of private health information — in which we are regularly provided with examples of violations, such as the report this week of 61 patient medical records improperly accessed at UCLA, including those of California first lady Maria Shriver.]


While the premise might seem logical and sensible, let’s face it…..we can’t trust the government to do anything right, and major corporations, most especially insurance companies of any kind, just can’t be trusted, period.

As far as I’m concerned this goes against our Constitution and Fourth Amendments rights that protects our privacy.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

What is it going to take to wake people up to what is happening to this country?


~ by swfreedomlover on April 14, 2008.

One Response to “More Electronic Surveillance…”

  1. Wow! Excellent article. Can’t wait to read the full piece on Junkfood Science… Looks awesome! The shit they try to pull on us!

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