Researchers Suggest National Health IT Infrastructure

Researchers Suggest National Health IT Infrastructure

Amid the coronavirus pandemic – which has has many Americans confined to their homes since March – researchers in Texas are bringing up the topic of a National Health IT Infrastructure. “This type of information helps make data-driven decisions to handle a public health crisis like COVID-19,” said one of the professors at the University of Texas Health School of Biomedical Informatics. “The main question is whether we, as a society, are ready to give up some of our privacy and change our laws in return for the information that could help us fight pandemics.”

This idea has long been floated by the medical community, and vehemently opposed by privacy advocates. The researchers suggest if an infrastructure like this had in place prior to COVID-19, the US might not be in the current situation. It’s possible the virus could’ve been contained quicker and lives could’ve been saved. The opposition acknowledges this fact but also states its possible the infrastructure could’ve been hacked and we’d be in a worse scenario.

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