If you're not living in a cave, you know that ObozoCare is a gold-mine for IT systems providers, especially if they have current installations in hospitals and clinics. You also know that people who know what the system-requirements are going to be will do very well, indeed, when the bids are let.
So yah, Epic Systems had a large installed base in health-care institutions, and yah, their CEO was in Obozo's office quite a few times before the "law of the land" was cast in stone.
Humdrum, right? Crony capitalism is not new.
Well, some of this crony-ism IS new, and you won't like it.
A very broad government biosurveillance plan that makes your health
records a matter of “national security” showed up on my radar today. It
opens the door leading to the government having near-real-time access to
monitor your health....the reason we might not have heard much about this “sneaky biosurveillance plan that will track American’s health records” is because the 50-page departmental draft (pdf) states, “Do not cite or quote.”
It’s regarded as national security, meaning in the same way NSA
surveillance was a secret until the Snowden leaks, you won’t even know
how your health is being spied upon and shared with others. The
2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy (NHSS) (pdf) will keep track of and share information about not just sick people and sick animals, but even sick plants.
“The information collected by the government will be ‘all-encompassing’
and include ‘what our health status is, whether we exercise, how often
we get a cold, or what kind of medications we’re taking,” according to
the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).
And how do you s'pose it will be tracked? Epic Systems' software.
“Officials want a ‘near-real-time’ reporting requirement for electronic
data systems. What is a ‘health threat’ or ‘incident’ that could
jeopardize our ‘national health security?’ The Strategy says these could
include terrorist activities, antibiotic resistance, climate change or
subjects surrounding the economic environment. In other words, anything
and everything could become a health threat by the government’s
So. What, exactly, will be tracked by the Ruling Class?
...The draft proposal (pdf)
claims NHSS will create “health situational awareness” made up from
“many types of health-related and non-health-related data.” A graphic
illustration of inputs to health situational awareness includes:
non-health sources like informatics, supply chain, energy, environment,
event driven, media, social determinants, transportation services,
active intelligence and veterinary. Examples of health-related sources
include: morbidity and mortality, lab/diagnostics, social service
utilization, disease prevalence, health service utilization, public
health investigation and response asset data. All of the above are
merely part of the big picture, or “examples” of what data feeds into
the “biosurveillance” portion of public health and medical situational
And what does the Ruling Class call this?
...Brase warns that the “government’s biosurveillance plan is much more
intrusive than the data collection currently being done by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” It “talks about the need for
the ‘examination of data from electronic medical records’ and calls for
‘cooperation among federal and non-federal stakeholders, including the
scientific community and public and private healthcare providers ... to
achieve an efficient and reliable surveillance system.”
But the (R) Party doesn't want to repeal ObozoCare. They want to "fix" it, instead.
You can bet that the 'efficient and reliable surveillance system' will not be "fixed.', folks.
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So, you basically parse some parts of a ComputerWorld article together and then draw conclusions that Epic is behind all of this? Excellent reporting, sir. Great use of colors and font settings too. Easy read.
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