This past week many people on social media have been expressing concern about a video promoting the Los Angeles Unified School District’s adoption of a health-screening data portal that was developed by Microsoft in partnership with Anthem Health, the country’s largest membership health system. Anthem is affiliated with Blue Cross Blue Shield in fourteen states. The Daily Pass portal feeds data to Stanford and Johns Hopkins Universities, both with extensive ties to pay for success finance, as well as to UCLA where Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock the world’s largest asset manager, obtained his MBA.
In this 90-minute conversation with Kevin Jenkins of Urban Global Health Alliance I went into detail regarding concerns I have around weakened student data privacy protections, pay for success provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act, planned expansion of tele-health and tele-therapy services through Medicaid, community school wrap around services, and the potential for social welfare systems to be weaponized against low income families with school-age children. In order to scale outcomes-based contracting deals tied to education data, social-emotional data, and healthcare data, social impact investors need for students to be assigned a digital identity that will aggregate data for predictive analytics and assessment of investor “success metrics.” I believe that is the end game for medical status passports like Daily Pass. You can access the slides from the presentation here.
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This is a relationship map, with a detail showing Microsoft’s activities, about the LAUSD’s adoption of Daily Pass. Interactive version here.