Patient confidentiality laws? Not here.
The Department of Health and Human Services just closed a public comment period for a proposal that would give the federal government access to Americans’ private medical records, all in the name of security.
The so-called “biosurveillance” system contained in a draft of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s “National Health Security Strategy” plan is being billed as a simple means of communicating “critical health” issues among medical and government professionals to protect Americans.
Specifically, it calls for the government to do a better job of achieving a “health situational awareness [that] includes biosurveillance and other health and non-health inputs” to include lab tests and diagnostics, a draft of the policy stated.