The United States and Europe have signed an agreement to collaborate on biometric health screening technology for use at a national level.
The agreement, announced today by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, aims to make biometric wellness testing an integral part of health care in the U.S.
The pact will create a system for biometric data to be stored on a biometric identity system for use by all Americans to improve health care access and reduce healthcare costs.
The new biometric system will be managed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will be developed through the National Biometric Infrastructure Center (NBIC), a new National Institutes of Health-funded initiative that aims to provide interoperability for interoperability-driven innovation.
The program will also develop a system that will allow people to use a biometrics-based ID to access the health insurance marketplace, which will be a critical tool for providing access to healthcare services, the HHS statement said.
The partnership between the federal government and the states is part of the “Health and Human Service” administration’s effort to streamline and expand health care for Americans.
Under the new agreement, the Department of Health and Family Services will begin working with states to implement the biometric program by the end of 2020.
The goal is to have the system fully operational by the time President Donald Trump leaves office in 2027.
The Department of Homeland Security will lead the implementation of the system.
The health care system currently includes more than 20 million people and covers nearly 1.6 billion Americans.