Politico reports on the sale of information to doctors, insurers and hospitals to identify patients who may be at risk of opioid addiction. The data is packaged as a “risk score” and is normally done without a patient’s consent. Companies have been able to gather information from insurance claims, digital health records, housing records and data from a patient’s friends and family. While the risk scores are used to help doctors make informed decisions when they prescribe opioids, patient advocates are concerned the data will be used to prevent patients from getting the medication they need.
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