The city of Houston started requiring their employees to disclose their disease history, blood pressure, drug and seat-belt use, and many other sensitive information to an online wellness company. As it turned out, the company is capable of making the private information available to the public, according to Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News.
Hancock also wrote on Kitsap Sun October 1 that the information may be “subject to re-disclosure” and “no longer protected by privacy law.”
More and more employers are looking into hiring workplace wellness companies to avoid the high cost of health care, but it pressures employees to disclose sensitive data. As of today, millions of workers find themselves in the same dilemma.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act restricts doctors and hospitals to divulge private data but not wellness contractors, apparently.
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