SDOH & The Emerging Surveillance Apparatus — Part I

Your Child’s Social Determinants of Health Could be Used Against You

Data that can influence things you never thought possible…

The Startup
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16 min readNov 6, 2019

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Social Determinants of Health or SDOH is a relatively new term that’s been spreading within the discourse of late in healthcare circles.

SDOH is a new all-encompassing model that’s being integrated into the current healthcare model, and it’s driving the evolution of the industry as well as public health practice globally. Innocuous as this may sound, there are some serious privacy and other concerns with this new model. Privacy laws such as HIPAA simply don’t apply in many cases and predictive analytics leveraging SDOH could be used to discriminate. Integrating SDOH isn’t just being proposed, it’s already being implemented in the healthcare industry, public health practice, and initiatives, and even in big-tech and big-data circles (and subsequently, their product lines as well).

A troubling system of surveillance is emerging in the US with public/private partnerships and these collaborations are affecting both public schools and healthcare in general among other aspects of life. Even the private information of parents with school-age children, such as analgesic medication…

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D.S.
The Startup

#Technology & #Biopolitics at the intersection of #Health | Founder National Advocacy Awareness Clinic (NAAC).