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FDA approves computer chip for humans

WASHINGTON ó Medical milestone or privacy invasion? A tiny computer chip approved Wednesday for implantation in a patientís arm can speed vital information about a patientís medical history to doctors and hospitals. But critics warn that it could open new ways to imperil the confidentiality of medical records.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Applied Digital Solutions of Delray Beach, Fla., could market the VeriChip, an implantable computer chip about the size of a grain of rice, for medical purposes.

With the pinch of a syringe, the microchip is inserted under the skin in a procedure that takes less than 20 minutes and leaves no stitches. Silently and invisibly, the dormant chip stores a code that releases patient-specific information when a scanner passes over it.


Chip's dual uses raise alarm
The VeriChip itself contains no medical records, just codes that can be scanned, and revealed, in a doctorís office or hospital. With that code, the health providers can unlock that portion of a secure database that holds that personís medical information, including allergies and prior treatment. The electronic database, not the chip, would be updated with each medical visit.


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