OPM Plans Large Database of Health Records
A federal agency recently announced that it plans to create a database containing copies of detailed electronic health records on potentially several million Americans. A little-noticed section of this year’s health reform legislation gave the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) authority to create the database, called the Health Claims Data Warehouse.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) issued a letter to OPM arguing that this government database is unnecessary and violates the public’s privacy expectations. OPM is accepting comments from the public on the database until November 15th, which is the date the program launching the database will begin – unless OPM receives enough comments convincing it to do otherwise. OPM has informed CDT that it plans to release a revised notice in response to our letter that should provide the public with more details on the program. We look forward to reviewing the revised SORN to assess whether it addresses the issues raised below.
Want to send OPM a comment on the health records database? Email OPM here, or contact them at 202-606-1449 for more information.
A description of the Health Claims Data Warehouse
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