OPM to Launch Federal Employees Claims Database
Data will be protected by electronic security protocols and rules that restrict access to employees with the appropriate clearance, according to OPM. And while the information often will be deidentified for specific analyses, watchdog groups question why a federal agency needs to store personal health data in a central location and claim the risks of intrusion are too great.
Not discounting the value that claims data might provide for demographic and health risk analyses, privacy advocates say the better option would be to have each health plan store the data and provide it to OPM on an as-needed basis.
A final rule on the database was published this week in the Federal Register, and the system will officially launch on November 15.
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