21 Oct Employee Wellness Programs May Violate Privacy
Last Thursday, a hearing was conducted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on matters concerning employer-sponsored wellness programs.
Even after being recognized as an effective way to promote healthier lifestyles in employees, wellness programs have recently received criticism from privacy-minded groups and lawmakers who say that it violates the privacy of workers by compelling them to share their health data.
Some Senate committee members argued that such programs might impose a “penalty” to employees who do not wish to divulge their private health information, because those who participate are given incentives since they also effectively cut healthcare costs and premiums for the employer.
Source: Health Data Management