Mental records, blood, urine samples, physical measurements, even DNA…
(Bob Unruh, WND) The federal government has just launched a 10-year, $1.5 billion project for which researchers want your information.
All of it.
Medical records, mental-health records, lifestyle details, personal habits, physical measurements, blood pressure, height, weight, blood and urine samples, details on health-care visits, procedures, medications, and electronic health records, among others.
Oh, and DNA, too.
It’s called All of Us and scientists say they want at least one million people to be under observation on an ongoing basis.
Explains one federal report, the effort by the NIH has the goal of developing “a 1,000,000 person-plus cohort of individuals across the country willing to share their biology, lifestyle, and environmental data for the purpose of research.”
A “soft launch” already has been accomplished, and partners already part of the plan include the TransAmerica Precision Medicine Consortium, Biobank, San Ysidro Health, University of Arizona, University of Pittsburgh and a long list of federal agencies.
The plan has drawn a skeptical assessment from Twila Brase, whose Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom long has expressed concerns about the privacy of health information once it’s turned over to researchers.
She’s also preparing to release “Big Brother in the Exam Room,” through her website, a book on the same topic.
She’s concerned that people won’t realize what is involved in the research when they sign a consent form giving the government virtually unlimited access to their health records – even those they don’t know about…