2010/04/08

RFID Chips in Health Care Legislation

"This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read."
-- Sir Winston Churchill

Can't say they didn't try for that, but people have been reading anyway. Along about page 1000 comes this fantastic news:

Sec. 2521, Pg. 1000 – The government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. What does this mean, in English?

From H.R. 3200, pages 1001-1008: "(g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— "(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘(B)and is— (i) a class III device; or (ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining."

On page 1004 it describes what the term "data" means in paragraph 1, section B:
"(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to information respecting a device described in paragraph (1), including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary"

What exactly is a class II device that is implantable? Approved by the FDA, a class II implantable device is an "implantable radio frequency transponder system for patient identification and health information." The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.

See it with your own eyes: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Medical.../ucm072191.pdf

This new law – when fully implemented – provides the framework for making the United States the first nation in the world to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn’t, allowed medical care in their country.

Healthcare Bill H.R. 3200: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/...CA09001xml.pdf

Pages 1001-1008 “National Medical Device Registry” section, page 1006 “to be enacted within 36 months upon passage”

Also page 503 “… medical device surveillance”

Welcome to the brave new world, kids.

2 comments:

nancy.depiro said...

Thanks for sharing this important information...I have placed it in my 'status' on my FB page.

fireplaceguy said...

Thanks for spreading the word. We need to build pressure to repeal this monstrosity.