Quote from Flare
they are focusing on the fact that the programs will talk to one another and will send things like allergy alerts to the cafeteria staff.
I'd be very careful about a program designed to "share" health-related information, espcially if it's done automatically. We've had parents expressly forbid the sharing of information regarding dietary restrictions and health related conditions (including Celiac Disease and Diabetes) with cafeteria workers. There was quite a brouha-ha when the assistant principal shared a student's history of diabetes with the lunch room supervisor out of genuine concern for the student's well-being. The parents became outraged over the invasion of their child's privacy. In order to settle them down, we had to write a new policy requiring a parent's signature before any
health information could be added to a student's lunch account or disclosed in any way to the lunch room workers. It is not considered to be a "need to know" for the lunch room workers, only the educational staff who are present in the lunch room.
Student health needs (including allergies) are kept in the nurse's office and may be accessed on an as-needed basis by educational staff with direct responsibility for the student. So if a child has an apparent allergic reaction when the nurse isn't in the building, the faculty member supervising the lunch room at the time would be allowed to access that file.
This was at the middle school where students are more independent and also more sensitive to privacy issues. I've never had an elementary school parent who was unwilling to reveal this information to the cafeteria workers.