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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
Interesting read: (Article - FDA Approves Use of Chip in Patients )
Health and Human Services Department: http://www.hhs.gov/
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