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  • First, he was discussing the many benefits of HIT infrastructure interoperability and he brought up "bio-surveillance." I understand the desire for it, but it scares the hell out of me.

    What, specifically, is so scary?

    As I understand it, in the state of Massachusetts, public health monitoring is using Victorian-era monitoring techniques. Each county's public health office periodically gathers up reports of "interesting" cases, which are accumulated weekly and sent back to the State public health o

    • I didn't explain: it's not surveillance like the CDC would do, it's surveillance like the Department of Homeland Security would do. (I didn't get the exact wording of his statement, sorry.)

      On a separate note: I can't believe how much money being poured into electronic health records. Well, I can believe it (there are no shortages of boondoggles in the world) but I'd be very, very surprised if we hit Bush's milestone of nationwide records by 2014.

      • I didn't explain: it's not surveillance like the CDC would do, it's surveillance like the Department of Homeland Security would do.

        Sorry, but I still don't understand what's so scary. CDC needs to be on top of the public health response if, say, there was a smallpox outbreak. But DHS also needs to be hyper-aware about many of the same situations. Doubly so when you start to hear about some of the plans afoot to mobilize the Army/Nat'l Guard to quarantine a locality (like, say, Haskell County, KS [npr.org])