Your Medical Treatment History Is For Sale

PizzaFace writes “The Washington Post reports on the booming business of selling your medical treatment records. Today these are mainly records of your prescriptions, but the data warehouses will soon have records of your lab tests, too. The companies selling these records make it easy for insurance companies to avoid risk by assigning each person a health score, similar to a credit score, or by flagging items in each person’s history that suggest chronic or potentially expensive health problems. It’s not just for insurers, either; employers who check applicants’ credit scores will surely be interested in their health scores as well.”

Put that in your pipe and smoke it, electronic records advocates.  There is nothing new under the sun.