we've put very careful confidentiality language into the proposal," she said, adding that the Department of Health takes patient privacy very seriously.
"My personal opinion is that the public health benefits, in terms of surveillance and potential interventions, outweigh any risks, and really we can very comfortably, confidently address any of the privacy concerns," Berger said, adding that there will be ways to opt out of the program.
Sandra Pianin has had type 2 diabetes for three years, and said her blood sugar numbers rise and fall along with her stress levels, which can be a struggle.
Pianin believes the diabetes registry is an excellent idea -- as long as it's used for the right reasons.
"I have looked all over New York City trying to find a clinic that serves diabetics," she said. "While there appear to be one or two in the New York City hospital system, they do not accept my medical insurance and are located in places difficult to get to. The registry might alert health officials to the great need for diabetics to get better medical care, especially when there are other diseases involved -- especially psoriasis, depression and other mental health issues like post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I'm not worried about privacy -- I am worried about not getting appropriate services or getting outdated information from doctors."