The FDA Approves the Country’s First RFID Tags to be Implanted in Humans

In October the Food and Drug Administration approved the implantation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags into humans. According to VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc., the 134.2-KHz chips could save lives and possibly limit injuries from errors in medical treatments.

It is believed the chips could provide easy access to medical information for individuals with life-threatening diseases, and could be specifically useful during a medical emergency. The chips are expected to give people the ability to know and manage their health-care issues at the very critical time of an emergency situation.

RFID tags have the ability to store a wide range of information, from one serial number to several pages of data. Readers can either be mobile, so that they can be carried by hand, or they can be mounted on a stationary or mobile object. Reader systems can also be built into the architecture of a cabinet, room or building.

The FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with RFID tags. However, there is a concern about the potential hazard of electromagnetic interference (EMI) to electronic medical devices from radio frequency transmitters like RFID. EMI is a degradation of the performance of equipment or systems (such as medical devices) caused by an electromagnetic disturbance.

Since the technology continues to evolve and is more widely used, it is important for healthcare professionals to keep in mind its potential for interfering with pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and other electronic medical devices.

Other important uses for human RFID implants are child abductions. Many parents agree with implanting RFID chips in their children so that if the child was ever adducted, law officers would be able to track them and locate them much quicker than they can now.

Another application is for key political kidnappings, which is along the same lines as the theory of child abductions. There is also discussion about tracking prison inmates and parolees, to effectively locate and monitor them.

Most of the opponents to human RFID implantation in the case of medical records is the belief that anyone would have access to all of your medical records if they had an RFID reader. This isn’t true because the chip implanted in the person would only contain a serial number that would need to be entered into a secure website before any records or medical history for an individual could be accessed.

Whether you agree with the technology or not, RFID chips are the future of identification and traceability. It’s not a perfect technology at this point, but no technology ever was or will be perfect in the beginning, or ever for that matter. The point is it will be what we make of it.

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16 thoughts on “The FDA Approves the Country’s First RFID Tags to be Implanted in Humans

  1. The key phrase is, “whether you agree with the technology or not RFID chips are the future of IDENTIFICATION AND TRACEABILITY” We no longer seem to have CHOICES. Chips will eventually be put into newborns so WE CAN BE TRACED AND WATCHED FROM THE SECOND WE ENTER THE WORLD. This is horrifying beyond belief. Soon, those of us who want to be “CHIP FREE,” will be outlaws, in our own country, hiding from those “chipped” people who are hunting us down…oh wait, that’s right they already want to do that…they wanted to pass a law allowing Americans who PROTEST ANYTHING, to be shot on American soil, calling us American terrorists. Brought to you by OUR OWN GREEDY, POWER MONGERING GOVERNMENT, who only has OUR best interests at heart. They monitor our calls, our cars, our emails…there are cameras on our corners…they can pull us over WITHOUT CAUSE…because even though we are guilty of no crimes…we are treated as criminals. The New World Order keeps moving forward. I’m not doing it. If I need a doctor and she can’t help me without a chip, I’m dead, just like my freedom.

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    1. Very, very good points you make! And yes the sentence “whether you agree or not…..” wasn’t put there by accident. I struggled with this article because I wanted to report the facts but I tried so hard to do it in an unbiased way so the reader can draw their own conclusions.

      With that being said my personal thinking mirrors your own. You hit the nail on the head the world we live in is not only horrifying beyond belief I think it is almost so impossible for us to believe or take serious.

      It is a wild world out there and you don’t have as many freedoms as they tell you and you will have even less tomorrow.

      I really appreciate your comment because I think you have a lot of well thought out views I look forward to reading some of your writing and talking with you further.

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      1. Same thought I had. It is scary. They won’t even need to pass a law all they will have to do is link your ability to do your banking, use credit cards and get on Facebook to having the tag.

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    1. Doens’t it though? But of course its all for your own good, your country needs you……… yata yata yata Can anyone say Big Brother? I’m not talking about the show we all love either.

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    1. I think that is a wonderful question. From what I understand it could really go a few different ways. I do understand the benefits of having this type of technology. However, I also believe that that there is also the possibility of how harmful it can be if it winds up in the wrong hands. I’m not real sure I want to be watched any closer than I already am by the government however I can’t imagine how I would feel if a child was abducted and we didn’t have a means like this to locate them and rescue them. No matter what your thoughts are, one thing is for sure. It will be very interesting to see how this technology evolves.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words I really do appreciate it. I try to create content that is informative, helpful and entertaining and my profession offers me the wonderful ability to learn about several different interesting areas.

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  2. Thank you very much for your opinion. I’m really happy that you found my article interesting enough to share your views. I think that a lot of us, me included, share your opinion to one extent or another. I don’t think there is any doubt in anyone’s mind that this technology can easily be used for purposes that are anything but honorable.

    Now, the path we choose when faced with this dilemma will definitely be interesting to see.

    Again, thank you for your comment and I welcome anyone with an opposing viewpoint to please share it with us.

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