Health records are essential for people who want to track their health.
A record of everything from blood pressure to cholesterol levels is required for most health insurance plans to pay for care.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has also required people to keep records, and while some states and cities have already taken steps to collect and share health information, there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome.
It’s not just the ACA that has raised privacy concerns.
Health care costs have skyrocketed, and many of us have lost our jobs, lost our homes, and even lost our livelihoods to insurance companies, according to a 2016 report from the Center for American Progress.
And it’s not like we’ve been spared from some of the most common health problems, either.
As the Washington Post reported, the CDC found that of the 1.7 million Americans who had died from any cause in 2015, 729,848 were in the United States because of chronic health conditions.
That’s more than two times the number who died from heart disease, diabetes, or cancer.
These statistics, along with the lack of transparency surrounding what the government is actually collecting about us, mean that many Americans have a difficult time tracking their health and the health of their loved ones.
For example, there’s a common misconception that insurance companies are collecting a huge amount of data on us and that we are getting “quasi-private” health information.
In reality, health data from a variety of health care providers, like hospitals and doctors, is still kept by insurance companies and private companies that sell health insurance to us, and these companies can still collect and use this information.
We all know that our health is our health, and we want to be sure that our data are accurate, accurate, and secure.
We can’t be complacent, and when we find out we’re being tracked, it can cause us great grief.
There are ways to protect ourselves and keep our health records safe, and you can learn more about privacy in our infographic below: