A Preview Of Coming Healthcare Attractions?

As we are probably all beginning to realize, data is a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. Personal data is now one of the holy grails of both cyber criminals, and...others. According to the Guardian newspaper, the UK's National Health Service patient database is up for grabs by the police in that country.
David Davis MP, a former shadow home secretary, told the Guardian he has established that police will be able to access the health records of patients when investigating serious crimes even if they had opted out of the new database, which will hold the entire population's medical data in a single repository for the first time from May.
Once again, this sort of thing is always presented as being helpful (which I'm sure it is, in the minds of those implementing it). Once you start digging around though, there is all kinds of stuff you can come up with own - to support all kinds of assumptions and conclusions. Remember Cardinal Richelieu's statement:
"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged"
The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") will implement a national database for health records, and we all know how scrupulously careful and even-handed our government has been recently with data of all kinds. 


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