eHealth and Privacy in U.S. Employer Wellness Programs

"Under Observation - The Interplay between eHealth and Surveillanceā€, Ronald Leenes, Nadezhda Purtova, Samantha Adams (eds.), Springer, Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2015

Date Written: May 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper summarizes privacy, autonomy and ethical issues raised by employer-sponsored wellness programs in the United States, with emphasis on the increasing use of technology for collecting data and shaping participant behavior. After providing some background on wellness programs, the paper looks at the types of personal information collected in these programs through health risks assessments, biometric screenings and, increasingly, wearable fitness trackers and mobile apps, at ways in which this personal information is combined with public data and healthcare data, and how it is used to monitor and influence program participants. The paper examines legal protections available to employees in areas of informational privacy, physical integrity, and decisional autonomy. It concludes with recommendations for further research.

Keywords: Employee wellness, Wearable devices, Health apps, Fitness trackers, Persuasive technologies, Lifestyle analytics, Privacy, Decisional autonomy

Suggested Citation

Slomovic, Anna, eHealth and Privacy in U.S. Employer Wellness Programs (May 1, 2015). "Under Observation - The Interplay between eHealth and Surveillanceā€, Ronald Leenes, Nadezhda Purtova, Samantha Adams (eds.), Springer, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2613452

Anna Slomovic (Contact Author)

GWU CSPRI ( email )

304 Staughton Hall
707 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

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