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The VeriChip. Presented by Allyson Medina, RN. Objectives. Describe VeriChip Describe and evaluate the hardware and software utilized with VeriChip Describe and evaluate the information system used with VeriChip List the advantages and disadvantages of VeriChip

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the verichip

The VeriChip

Presented by Allyson Medina, RN

objectives
Objectives
  • Describe VeriChip
  • Describe and evaluate the hardware and software utilized with VeriChip
  • Describe and evaluate the information system used with VeriChip
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of VeriChip
  • Evaluate the ethical and legal issues related to VeriChip
  • Explain the informatics competencies required by any professional nurse working with this trend
  • Describe the functions and responsibilities of a informatics nurse (IN) and/or the informatics nurse specialist (INS) when working with this trend
  • Summarize VeriChip
description
Description
  • VeriChip is an implantable universal means of identification
  • Classified as a radio frequency identification device (RFID)
  • Utilizes radio waves to transmit information wirelessly
  • Implanted into the subcutaneous tissue of humans between the antecubital fossa and shoulder
  • When device is activated by VeriChip scanner, emits a 16-digit corresponding number
  • Approved for use by FDA in 2004(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2004)
description continued
Description Continued
  • Uses a portable handheld device to read one’s unique code
  • Code is then entered into a secure database that has correlating healthcare data
  • Stored data can contain any information, but examples are as follows:

History of seizures

Cardiac history

Blood disorder/type

Organ Donor

Diabetic

Kidney failure

Religion

Age/Name/Address

Emergency Contact Information

DNR

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Description Continued
  • VeriChip is comparable to the size of a rice kernel
  • VeriChip is easily implantable in a doctor’s office with a local anesthetic
  • Used for other identification purposes worldwide (employee ID, payment, etc.)
  • Various employers in the U.S. have required this implantation for improved security

In 2007, 222 people had this device implanted

&

In 2008, the number is estimated around 300(Electronic Privacy Information Center, 2004)

evaluation of the hardware utilized for verichip
Evaluation of the Hardware Utilized for VeriChip
  • The Hardware for VeriChip consists of two items:

1. An Implanted ID chip

      • Tissue Bonding Cap
      • Antenna
      • ID Chip

2. A Scanning device

evaluation of the software utilized for verichip
Evaluation of the Software Utilized for VeriChip
  • Utilizes a secure online Global VeriChip Subscriber (GVS) Registry

- Approximately 21 trillion different combinations of 16-digit codes can be stored within database(20,922,789,888,000, to be exact)

  • Security Measures- chip readers only issued to healthcare providers- need username/password & 16-digit ID
  • VeriMed Software

(VeriMed Patient Identification - FAQ, 2009)

  • Usability is highEasy to use & Easy to learnDrawback: Efficiency of use r/t lack of use

(VeriMed Patient Identification – Testimonials, 2009)

  • All software/hardware given to Emergency Departments for FREE!
evaluation of the information system utilized for verichip
Evaluation of the Information System Utilized for VeriChip
  • VeriChip is a Clinical Information System
  • Users include only physicians and nurses
  • NOT considered a nursing information system
  • This IS allows users to access necessary healthcare data
  • Accessed via any minicomputer with specialty software and passwords
  • The Data standards used by VeriChip is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (RFID News, 2009)

- ANSI certified VeriChip for their openness, balance, consensus and due process (ANSI, 2008)

advantages and disadvantages of verichip
Advantages

Easily implantable

Information is easily assessable in an emergency with access to a chip reader

Information stored on VeriChip can help save your life

Disadvantages

Skin/tissue reactions

Increased risk of lethal cancers

Possible dislodgement of chip

Potential leak of personal information

Not all hospitals have the necessary technology

Advantages and Disadvantages of VeriChip
ethical and legal issues
Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Europe is using VeriChip as a form of ID for clubbing and shopping (Prison Planet, 2004)
  • In America, many people view VeriChip as a form of branding Will this lead to a loss of civil liberties?
  • Extremists believe VeriChip marks the end of the world for the human race
  • Legally, the data from an implantable VeriChip can be accessed by:

Medical Professionals ONLY

A record is made every time someone logs on and accesses a subscriber's record and CAN be traced

the informatics competencies required by any professional nurse working with this trend
The informatics competencies required by any professional nurse working with this trend

Use of simplistic software to enter a 16-digit code and password

Functions and responsibilities of informatics nurse (IN) and/or the informatics nurse specialist (INS) when working with this trend

  • Be able to identify patients with a VeriChip implantation
  • Ensure your ER has this technology – It’s FREE!
  • Scan the chip with reader and enter number into secure database

REMEMBER:

HIPAA and Privacy Laws apply to ALL patients (with and without VeriChips)

in summary
In Summary
  • VeriChip is new technology
  • In an emergency, it speaks for those who can’t speak for themselves
  • There is a direct link to terminal cancers with VeriChip’s use

After much research into this new technological trend, I believe this is the start to something bigger, but it should be perfected more before implantation into healthy individuals.

references
References
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center (2004, March 15). VeriChip.      Retrieved February 7, 2010http://epic.org/privacy/rfid/verichip.html
  • American National Standards Institute (2008). Introduction to ANSI. Retrieved March 26, 2010http://www.ansi.org/about_ansi/introduction/introduction.aspx?menuid=1
  • Prison Planet (2004, April 7). Baja Beach Club in Barcelona, Spain Launches Microchip Implantation for VIP Members. Retrieved April 15, 2010http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/april2004/040704bajabeachclub.htm
  • RFID News (2009) ANSI Approves new standard for RFID in Healthcare. Retrieved February 7, 2010http://www.rfidnews.org/2009/08/03/ansi-approves-news-standard-for-rfid-in-healthcare
references continued
References Continued
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2004). Evaluation of Automatic Class III Designation VeriChip (TM) Health Information Microtransponder System. (Regulation Number: 21 CFR 880.6300). Washington, DC. Retrieved February 7, 2010http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/924642/000106880004000587/ex99p2.txt
  • VeriMed Patient Identification (2009). Intro to VeriMed FAQ. Retrieved February 21, 2010http://www.verimedinfo.com/faq.asp
  • VeriMed Patient Identification (2009). Testimonials. Retrieved February 21, 2010http://www.verimedinfo.com/testimonials.asp