On Thursday, The Washington Post published a report alleging that the Trump administration has been presented with a project that would use technology as a means of collecting data on human subjects in order to prevent mental health-related violence.
The outlet states that a new governmental agency would be created, called the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency, or HARPA, and that the agency would be Russian-dolled inside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
According to the report, the HARPA agency was initially proposed by the Suzanne Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the process by which treatments and cures for various diseases are uncovered and implemented.
The foundation states that HARPA is "modeled after the spectacularly successful DARPA unit at the Department of Defense, [and] would leverage federal research assets and private sector tools to build new capabilities for diseases that have not benefitted from the current system."
The document goes on to list a number of widely used technologies it suggests could be employed to help collect data, including Apple Watches, Fitbits, Amazon Echo and Google Home. The document also mentions "powerful tools" collected by health-care provides like fMRIs, tractography and image analysis.