Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Government Funded Phone App Tracks “Vaccine Refusers”

Government Funded Phone App Tracks “Vaccine Refusers”: A new phone application called Vaccine Refused developed by the University of Iowa tracks – just as the name implies – vaccine refusals. [1]




The application is intended to be used by health professionals to report the location of the refusal, the vaccine refused, and patient demographics. The output of the data, which is supposedly anonymous and stored securely at the University of Iowa, provides a heat map of the refusals.




I’m going to show you how the government will likely use this information – and it isn’t pretty. Let me tell you more.




Application is Government Funded





To understand the importance of this particular application, we need to know how it is being funded and who is leading the research. This will give us a clue as to how the data will likely be used.




The research for the phone application is led by Dr. Philip Polgreen, Director of Infectious Disease Society of America’s Emerging Infections Network. [2]




Why is this significant?




According to the IDSA’s website, “In 1995, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control] granted a Cooperative Agreement Program award to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to develop a provider-based emerging infections sentinel network: the Emerging Infections Network (IDSA EIN).” [3]




The project’s main University of Iowa page clearly states the research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and by a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [4]


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