From July 1st every single Australian will be branded with a unique, 1.16 digit identification number courtesy of Medicare Australia in accordance with Kevin Rudd's new e-health revolution. The stated purpose of this act 2."is to provide a way of ensuring that an entity that provides, or an individual who receives, healthcare is correctly matched to health information that is created when healthcare is provided."
From July 1st every single
Australian will be branded with a unique, 1.16 digit identification
number courtesy of Medicare Australia in accordance with Kevin Rudd's new
e-health revolution. The stated purpose of this act 2."is to provide
a way of ensuring that an entity that provides, or an individual who receives,
healthcare is correctly matched to health information that is created when
healthcare is provided." Understandably it is a simple transition from
localized medical records to an online system, that would allow your medical
records to be accessed by medical facilities all across Australia.
For many this would seem to be the
perfect solution to holiday accidents and prevent any unnecessary delays when
facing treatment from an uncommon doctor who would require any past medical
records. If a doctor in a different state previously treated you, they would
need to determine if any further treatments/medications
could cause adverse reactions to a prescription you or your family might
currently be on. Having access to your usual doctors detailed medical reports,
anywhere in the country, might just be a life saver. But is there more to it
than meets the eye? There is indeed a surreptitious plan to set up the ground
work for this system to progress seamlessly to implantable RFID microchips. All
that would be required is a simple distribution of the PositiveID microchip and
the necessary RFID scanners into the medical infrastructure the software side
would already be functioning at full steam.
Australian healthcare sector is a complex of public and private interests,
hospital and community facilities, GP's,
laboratories, health funds, professional associations, special interest groups
and individual consumers". The introduction of this system would aim to
revolutionize the way medical records are accessed and updated, ensuring every
time it is accessed by a medical professional, the information is up to date
and accurate. 4.Privacy advocates have lambasted the proposed bill
quoting medical record privacy breaches, in 2007-2008 there were 234 serious
accounts of this occurring yet 160 of these resulted in an emailed warning or
counseling. If the Unique patient identification number was to go ahead,
Australian Privacy Foundation chair Roger Clarke said "The situation will be
many hundreds of times worse, as the HI database will ultimately be accessed by
more than 600,000 medical providers and organizations".
Knowing of the obvious security flaws
that are inherent with a system of this scale, why does the Rudd government
choose to bulldoze it into legislation? Could this in fact be the Hegelian
dialectic at work? It could very well be a future road map that would lead to
the more 'secure' method of accessing medical records via RFID implants as
scores of complaints flood the media regarding security breaches and invasions
of 'privacy'. Scott R. Silverman, chairman and CEO of PositiveID claims 5."In
addition to helping consumers protect themselves from identity theft as it
pertains to credit fraud, we are also focused on combating the growing problem
of medical identity theft, which affects 7 percent of identity theft victims".
How noble of Scott.
Lets move to the hardware side of
things, as we already have established that Medicare is providing the 16 digit
number. Why 16-digits? Introducing the PositiveID implantable RFID microchip.
The microchip itself 6.contains only a 16-digit number that when scanned
with a hand held reader, connects to a secure online database. The database
houses the patient's identification information and personal health record
data. The Council of Australian Governments even state themselves that 7."The
identifiers are an important building block for the future introduction of a patient-controlled Individual Electronic
Health Record". Scott R. Silverman states, on behalf of PositiveID, 8."we
put consumers in charge of their own health information through a robust, patient-controlled interface."
has been established already that IBM has seed funded PositiveID since
inception, would it come as any surprise to you that 10.Medicare
relies on IBM for its technology infrastructure and has just paid $189 million
for a one-year extension on a services contract? Of course not. This is the
most disturbing element, the very people designing and maintaining the system
currently in use in Australia, are also the ones behind the PositiveID RFID
microchip for humans.
Currently Microsoft and Google both
have an e-health record management service. Microsoft's product is 'MS
HealthVault', Google's is simply 'Google Health'.11. Both of these
services are fully interoperable with PositiveID's RFID microchip.12. Microsoft
has already made a submission to the national health and hospitals reform
commission (NHHRC) and proposed an electronic health record system for the
improvement of Australia's healthcare.13. Google isn't far behind in
the race either, with CEO Eric Schmidt stating that he "hopes to deliver Google
Health to Australia by the end of the year".
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. Maybe the implantable
RFID microchips are coming sooner rather than later, we do know that they will
be introduced for the purpose of cost efficiency and 'reliability' of patient
identification, perhaps a failed e-health system could provide the perfect chaos
to accommodate an implantable RFID solution. What we wont be told is that it
will simply be a 'plug in' upgrade to our existing infrastructure, meaning a
rapid deployment nation wide. To some money minded bureaucratic sell outs, this
is an extremely easy system to sell to an uneducated public.
Australians have already researched the
'benefits' of implantable microchips in a published article titled14 "Lend
me your arms: the use and implications of humancentric RFID". The article
suggests that social and ethical concerns "plague the technology" yet goes on
to imply that "Initial adoption of the invasive technology has met with some
success but any real assessment of the industry is prejudiced by the commercial
monopoly of the VeriChip Corporation [now known as PositiveID]". "Security and
convenience are generic wants" and "Care-related humancentric RFID devices
provide unparalleled portability for medical records." To all the disbelievers
that think the human microchipping agenda is light years away, think again,
this article was published in 2006.
I'm going to be keeping my eye on the
Rudd governments new health plan, in particular the 15.$436 million
dollars that has been proposed to deal with the rising number of diabetics
just how much of this money is going to be used for a feasibility analysis of
PositiveID's iGlucose system?16. "The iGlucose system is a standalone, self-contained unit that will
automatically query a diabetic's data-capable glucometer for blood glucose data
and send that data via encrypted SMS text messaging to an online database." The
machine is well oiled and vigilance is needed, we are dealing with a company
that has no qualms when it comes to 17.micro chipping Alzheimer
patients with18. cancer causing RFID microchips. There is going to
be a huge, vulnerable market in the form of diabetic patients and with the19. US
government and now the20. Australian government both trying to
tackle the expanding financial burden that this disease places on both
respective economies. You don't have to look too far for an 'easy' and 'cost
effective' solution, especially with PositiveID ready to jump at any
opportunity it can to 'help'.
Legislation has been presented to Senators within Australia to prevent the
mandatory implantation of humans, and it is sitting on their desks currently
awaiting further action. Please contact your representatives and encourage them
to introduce this into the senate and have it passed into law. For more information
on the legislation itself there is a website found at http://www.wethepeoplewillnotbechipped.com/action/
that explains the process you will need to follow including a letter template
and fact sheet.
By Ben Parry
1 Patients have no choice - a health number ID for us all
2 Healthcare identifiers and privacy: Discussion paper on proposals for
3 Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010
4 Medicare data breaches increase privacy fears
5 PositiveID's Latest Human Chip-Implant Scare Story: "Medical Identity Theft"
6 click here
7 PositiveID: HealthID
8 Council of Australian Governments' Meeting
9 PositiveID Corporation's Identity Security Business Achieves Record
Growth to 20,000 Active Subscribers
10Verichip is now called PositiveID! Roll up your sleeve for the
implantable human microchip, it's now Positive?
11Medicare extends its long-standing contract with IBM for another year
12PositiveID Corporation's Identity Security Business Achieves Record
Growth to 20,000 Active Subscribers
13SUBMISSION TO THE NATIONAL HEALTH AND HOSPITALS REFORM COMMISSION (NHHRC)
14Google CEO coughs up Australia Health plans
15 Lend me your arms: the use and
implications of humancentric RFID
17Rudd plan a 'stimulus' to diabetes care
18PositiveID Corporation Launches iGlucose Second-Stage
19The Controversy Magnet: PositiveID "Chips"
Alzheimer's Patients, Quite Possibly Without Permission
20Microchip Cancer Report
21PositiveID Corporation Launches iGlucose Second-Stage
22Rudd injects $430m into diabetic care
The We the People will not be Chipped - No Verichip Inside Movement, is based on the irrefutable fact, that mankind has inalienable human rights that are absolute and can not be debased, nor perverted. Human life can not be degraded to a 16 digit RFID chip number embedded under you skin under any circumstance. By uniting on this common ground, we can send a strong message to the IBM funded Verichip that
We The People Will Not Be Chipped!