Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Chips used for medical reasons, ok'd by FDA

I know it will "speed up healthcare" and in cases of people with serious issues this may be a Godsend, but I get a little tense thinking about the ramifications of implanting microchips into human beings. Big Brother may start watching. Now, I DO think this could be a good thing for those who have committed serious crimes. As one of the terms of parole prisoners who have committed or are likely to re-commit violent or sex crimes should have to get a chip implanted. For those that say this would be a violation of their "civil rights" I say four words..."Don't commit the crimes."

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an implantable computer chip that can pass a patient's medical details to doctors, speeding care.
VeriChips, radio frequency microchips the size of a grain of rice, have already been used to identify wayward pets and livestock. And nearly 200 people working in Mexico's attorney general's office have been implanted with chips to access secure areas containing sensitive documents.

The company is targeting patients with diabetes, chronic cardiac conditions, Alzheimer's disease and those who undergo complex treatments like chemotherapy, said Dr. Richard Seelig, Applied Digital Solutions' vice president of medical applications.
With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and leaves no stitches.
Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code -- similar to the identifying UPC code on products sold in retail stores -- that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over the chip.
At the doctor's office those codes stamped onto chips, once scanned, would reveal such information as a patient's allergies and prior treatments.