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Radio Frequency ID Devices in Humans

Contributed by Joanne Kelleher 

The American Medical Association recently issued a report called Radio Frequency ID Devices in Humans. Various media outlets have picked up on this report and it is interesting to see that the articles related to it have ranged from positive (Verichip’s press release) to balanced (Computerworld) to negative (policy advocates). 

One of the AMA’s major concerns relates to the security and privacy of the patient records, a concern that we share.

The full AMA report is here (link no longer available). 

VeriChip Reports That AMA Recommends Implantable RFID Devices to Improve the Safety and Efficiency of Patient Care
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2007/06/28/2747043.htm

AMA Lists Risks, Rewards of Human RFID Implants –
Report gives mixed reviews on the use of implanted radio frequency identification (RFID) based technology to keep track of medical patients.
Marc L. Songini, Computerworld
Thursday, June 28, 2007
(link no longer available)

The A.M.A. Gets Under Your Skin
NY Times Blog
June 27, 2007
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/06/27/is-this-what-the-ama-had-in-mind/

RFID is not safe – AMA Report
RINF Alternative News
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
By Mick Meaney
(link no longer available)

1 Comment

  1. James on July 26, 2010 at 2:54 am

    The chips, called radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, emit a simple radio signal akin to a bar code, anywhere, anytime. Futurists say they can be easily implanted under the skin on a person’s arm.
    I’m not very Sure about it, whether it can have health side effects. But if this is successful then it can be a revolution.