Will e-Health Pave the Way for RFID Microchips?
HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAApril 15, 2010
Australians will be assigned unique 16-digit e-health identification numbers beginning 1 July, and some privacy advocates worry the next step will be implantable RFID microchips, OpEdNews reports. "All that would be required is a simple distribution of the PositiveID microchip and the necessary RFID scanners into the medical infrastructure," the report states. The current e-health plan is aimed at ensuring correct healthcare information is matched with providers and patients, but opponents fear the result will be increased healthcare privacy breaches. "Staying true to the science of gradualism, we are having an information cage slowly erected around us and we won't know until it is too late to do anything about it," Greg Nikolettos writes. "Maybe the implantable RFID microchips are coming sooner rather than later."