Private order tracking software is helping to identify people who are using the services of people who have ordered private health care, personal injury, or prescription medications through private health insurers.
But, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, it’s not working properly.
The software was built in the 1990s to track the health and medical records of private insurers.
But the ACLU says the state has not implemented proper privacy protections for the information it collects, and there are no controls in place to ensure that private health records are not used for discriminatory purposes.
The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against the state this week.
In a news release, the ACLU wrote that the software, which is part of a nationwide health care tracker known as MediTrack, “is built on top of the Health Data Exchange System (HDES) software, and it tracks the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the health care providers participating in the exchange.
The ACLU claims that the private order software also provides “unnecessary, inaccurate, and incomplete data” to the state, according the release.
The software was developed by a Tennessee-based company called HIDT, and the ACLU claims the software is the result of years of collaboration with other state health care tracking companies, the release reads.
The company, called HEDT, is one of the largest providers of private health tracking software.HEDT also provides the Tennessee Health Data Systems, a system that records health information of private insurance and health care services from health insurance companies.
In some states, the system has been called HIPAA compliant.
The Tennessee HealthData Systems are required to notify individuals of any changes to their health information and to provide a list of any health information changes that have occurred.
The Tennessee HealthInformation Systems have said the software does not collect information on patients and does not allow any patient to opt out of the tracking.