Tagged: Health privacy

Syndromic Surveillance: Is Big Brother Looking Out for You?

On May 15, 2014, The New York Times reported about a program implemented in New Orleans which mined patient personal health information to identify which parents to warn prior to an impending ice storm. Dialysis patients were advised to get their treatments early, and those on ventilators were called so they knew how to get help if the power went out. New Orleans city officials knew whom to contact based on submitted Medicare claim requests. This data is now available for public emergency response and preparedness through the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.

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