VeriChip Implant Links To Your PHR Health Records, Credit History, Social Security With PositiveID
Posted Oct 07 2009 10:01pm
Ok, we are back once more to the implanted chip, which for a couple of reasons somewhat died on the vine, but now is making a comeback with new technology offerings. Again, this is very much a personal choice on to chip or not to chip. The only individual who has made any of his own experiences public is Dr. John Halamka, who was an early pioneer in trying the product. One thing you certainly have to give Dr. Halamka credit for and that is the fact that he is in no way a “Magpie”, he participates and gets out there hands on, or in this case “chips on” to see what new technology does and evaluate it’s value.
When the product first came out, it was a simple repository of your medical records, which requires a device to be able to view the information, this way it is secure. You can visit their website for additional information.
New technologies have boosted the capability of the chip now, so you can connect to your personal health records through the chip. “Health Link is the connection between you and your personal health record. Health Link utilizes a tiny, passive microchip (the first and only microchip cleared for patient identification by the FDA) and a secure online database that links you to your personal health record.”
The new service is called PositiveID. The new system connects to a data base, in other words no medical information is stored on the chip as was done with the first design. There’s so many ways to be connected today. They can even link your credit information, I guess this could be important to see if you are going to be able to pay a bill if your are in the ER. It offers identify theft protection too. Again, all parties have to be granted access to the personal information.
What is the future on health records, will this chip be part of it? Stay tuned I suppose on this one. BD
Novartis andProteus Biomedical are not the only companies hoping to implant microchips into patients so that their pill-popping habits can be monitored. VeriChip of Delray Beach, Fl., has an even bolder idea: an implanted chip that links to an online database containing all your medical records, credit history and your social security ID.
Yes, it shows your Health Link chip linked to Google, Microsoft, employers and insurers. The company also sees the VeriMed Health Link linked to your “identity security services,” through a separate VeriChip product.