Accession Number : ADA560064


Title :   Commander's 'Right to Know' Health Information: A Strategically Flawed Innovation


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Benjamin, Michael J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a560064.pdf


Report Date : 21 Mar 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : The military s greatest strategic asset is its personnel. Key to individual quality of life and unit performance is the relationship between service members (SM) and their leaders. Leaders need to know as much as possible about their troops. Meanwhile SMs often want to keep medical information private. Privacy between patients and healthcare providers advances important societal objectives. Compelling reasons justify privacy, particularly in a military context where the negative stigma of seeking behavioral health services is acute. Examining the perspectives of several stakeholders, this paper addresses the strategic implications of the tension between a leader s interest in gathering his subordinates personal information and the subordinate s interest in privacy. This paper asserts that current Army and DOD guidance is strategically flawed. Current policy risks eviscerating medical privacy and confidentiality and will undermine not only a soldier s quality of life, but also, mission readiness. The paper recommends changing the current guidance to better comport with strategic objectives.


Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS , *INSURANCE , *MEDICAL SERVICES , BEHAVIOR , GUIDANCE , HEALTH , LEADERSHIP , MEDICINE , MILITARY COMMANDERS , MILITARY PERSONNEL , OPERATIONAL READINESS , PATIENTS , SOCIOLOGY , TENSION


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE