You should. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed a bill that will create a giant database of everyone’s health records. Can you imagine the consequences of someone hacking into this system? It would make the VA fiasco caused by a stolen laptop look puny in comparison. Then there is questions about what the government might do with the information, beyond research. ClinkShrink has an interesting comment: ClinkShrink said… Will people be able to opt out of this national health information system?
The Bush Administration proposed a computer-based method for storing and easily making available healthcare records. While this technology can be critically important, even life saving for some medical concerns, it presents a unique risk to mental health service consumers. Societal stigma is alive and well. Employers, insurance companies, and even law enforcement maybe placed in a position to discriminate based on available records. Special protections must be in place to prevent untrained people from accessing your records.