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Re: FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients ? HIPAA woes?
From: insecure <insecure () ameritech net>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 14:52:11 -0500

The chip only stores an ID number. This ID number could be used as a patient ID number to access records in some remote, allegedly secure database. The health care provider would need to already have access to the remote database

The chip itself doesn't raise any more concerns in terms of HIPAA and patient health information privacy than using a social security number as a patient ID, as is common today. There are individual privacy concerns with getting "chipped", which are probably about the same as having a driver's license with embedded RFID. Either way, your movements could be tracked without your consent or knowledge.

Jesse Valentin wrote:

Found an article discussing a new verichip that would be implanted under patient's skin and used to store medical information. Each time the patient would visit the doctor, this information would get updated. This raises concerns about privacy as the chip could also be used to track the whereabouts of an individual, aside from obvious concerns with HIPAA and the secure transmission and storage of patient health info. Interesting read: (Article - FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients )
VeriChip: http://www.4verichip.com/
Health and Human Services Department: http://www.hhs.gov/
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