OPM Delays Data Warehouse Launch
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—U.S.November 16, 2010
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delayed the launch of its health claims database by one month, Computerworld reports. The delay will allow the OPM to accommodate more comments from the public, the report states. The Center for Democracy and Technology and 15 other organizations recently wrote to the OPM asking for more details about the Health Claims Data Warehouse data protection and access controls; the OPM has said it would share data with third-party researchers and law enforcement. The warehouse, originally slated to be launched this week, would include detailed health information, individuals' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth.