Health Surveillance

Birth Certificates Are a Data-Collection Vehicle for the Government

Birth Certificates Are a Data-Collection Vehicle for the Government

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The birth of a baby is a joyous time, filled with activity, questions from new parents and lots of information sharing—especially at the hospital.

But during that somewhat stressful time, precious private information about these new little lives will be shared with countless others, through a seemingly harmless document—the birth certificate.

Profiled from Birth, Vol. 1: Not Just a Birth Certificate

Profiled from Birth, Vol. 1: Not Just a Birth Certificate

Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), a Minnesota-based national organization dedicated to preserving patient-centered health care and protecting patient and privacy rights, recently released a new report, called “Not Just a Birth Certificate: How states use birth certificates to collect data, conduct research and warehouse electronic health information.” 

Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Checkboxes, Ebola, and Embedding the EHR

Should the EHR be blamed? After a Texas hospital let Liberian Thomas Duncan go home (with Ebola), hospital officials blamed the electronic health record (EHR). A day later, they retracted their statement -- without explanation.

There is Reason for Optimism

There is Reason for Optimism

The report is in. Our "Obamacare: Making Repeal a Reality" event got rave reviews. One attendee said it had a "great vibe." She described it as "fun and relaxed and important."

On September 11th, we not only raised funds for our 2015 efforts, we also celebrated CCHF's 20th anniversary with Fox New All-Star Stephen Hayes as keynote speaker. Sprinkling humor throughout his presentation, he shared important insights.

How Obama Will Control Doctors

How Obama Will Control Doctors

Electronic health records (EHRs) are the foundation of Obamacare. The 2009 HITECH Act (part of the Recovery Act, or ARRA) mandated government-certified interoperable EHRs and provided up to $36.5 billion to subsidize the cost of initial computerization. Already $24.8 million has been spent.

10-Year Government Plan Will Share Private Patient Data

10-Year Government Plan Will Share Private Patient Data

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Earlier this summer, government health IT coordinators announced the formation of a 10-year electronic health records (EHR) interoperability plan that will allow even more government agencies access to Americans’ private medical data—all in the name of better patient care.

HHS Awards States $106 Million in Grants for Thinly Veiled Data Collection Initiative

HHS Awards States $106 Million in Grants for Thinly Veiled Data Collection Initiative
Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom: Government Planning to Visit Homes of Babies and Toddlers, But to What End? 
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Through an Obamacare initiative, Health and Human Services recently announced that it will award $106.7 million in grants to 46 states to support an early childhood home visitation program.

WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards

WARNING: Eight EHR Hazards

There’s triple trouble with electronic health records: patient safety, medical privacy, and data security. And there are at least eight hazards. But much taxpayer money has been thrown at the highly speculative, untested EHR for political and profit purposes.

New Audit Reveals Nearly 3 Million Inconsistencies in
Obamacare Enrollee Data

New Audit Reveals Nearly 3 Million Inconsistencies in
Obamacare Enrollee Data

 Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom Says Far from Preventing Fraud, Health Care System is Contributing to It


ST. PAUL, Minn.—More problems with Obamacare abound—this time with inconsistent data for those who have enrolled.

 

America’s Health Care System Increasingly Unsafe

America’s Health Care System Increasingly Unsafe

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The blue and white “H” signs signifying a nearby hospital should be symbols of safety and help for those in need of medical care. But increased privacy intrusions, growing threats to parental rights, and encroaching government regulations that diminish quality of care have all contributed to making our nation’s health care system an increasingly unsafe place for Americans.