Penn State employees fight back against wellness

Seems Penn State employees are fed up with Penn State and its wellness vendor asking for private and personal health information. A Penn State professor sent an open letter of protest  to colleagues and administration.

He writes, “While university administrators may be implementing this program with the best of intentions, coercing Penn State employees to undergo medical testing and requiring that they disclose personal medical information to a third-party online database is ethically indefensible. University employees should respond accordingly.” [Emphasis mine. TE] Click here to read the full letter.

Is such a requirement ethically indefensible? That is a particularly good question today when  true privacy in cyber-space is more and more in doubt.

A health reporter called me last Friday and we discussed this protest. She told me that she has been wondering for years why employees don’t rebel against such intrusions of privacy…a good question. One reason, I suggested, is that many people don’t tell the truth on health risk assessments anyway.

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Tom Emerick

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Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting and co-founder of Edison Health. In December 2012, Tom was listed in Forbes.com as one of 13 unsung heroes changing healthcare forever. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in healthcare in the US for his work on medical ethics. Prior to consulting, Tom spent a number of years working for large corporations: Walmart Stores, Burger King, and British Petroleum.

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