Hope To The End .... Chip INDEX ....... Special Child ..... Diabetics ( glucose monitoring sensor ) ..... Hazards of Chip

Targeting the Vulnerable
The Aged ; Ambulances ; the unconscious; cognitive impairment: Alzheimers, Dementia patients
"To you he looks imperfect, but to me he is flawless" -- RR MB etc.
also targeting
Care Givers, First Responders, Firemen, Paramedics, Immigrants, diabetics, on Dialysis etc.
First they came for ... ( but it wasn't me )



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We must keep in mind that although this arm-chip is not used for financial transactions, this implant may become
DEADLY ( fatal ).
Please read Rev. 16: 2 and 10 .." and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast " ..."and they gnawed their tongues for pain" ( vs 10 )
(
Ed: The Verichip implant is a glass-implanted silicon chip with a porous polypropylene polymer sheath, which is "bio-bonded" to skin tissue. It has an electromagnetic copper coil antenna 'wound around a ferrite iron core' and a capacitor.)


From the Newswire : fair educational use

First Responders to have Selective triage with EPTS by Raytheon ;
Raytheon databased
Raytheon Company will provide an electronic patient tracking system [ EPTS ] to a public health-led team of first responders and hospital personnel in Long Beach, Calif., that will improve the availability of patient information.
The EPTS, [ Electronic Patient Tracking System ] an information technology solution, facilitates the triage, treatment and transport of victims during mass casualty incidents by providing selected patient data to all involved parties, improving continuity of care and family notification response time.
William Iannacci, director of Civil Communications Solutions for Raytheon. "Applying our systems integration expertise with our proven technology enables the California public safety community to more effectively share critical information

The system uses a combination of barcode and radio frequency identification tags to identify the patient's location, medical status, and personal information. This information is wirelessly transferred to a secure Raytheon-hosted, Web-enabled database that provides the patient's information to hospitals and emergency personnel

The system includes data interoperability tools and services provided by DropFire, Inc. This data will continue to be collected until the patient is admitted, released, or transferred to another hospital.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/press-release/raytheon-provide-california-first-responders-and-healthcare-personnel-electronic-patie

THE ELDERLY. ... Geriatric Care

Ambulances to have the VeriMed scanners
By outfitting these ambulances to be VeriMed enabled, long-term care facilities
[ Ed: Convalescent centers, Rest Homes, Independendent Living and Assisted Living, Alzheimer and Dementia Care Centers, Nursing Homes ]
are better able to attract prospective residents and patients by offering more efficient solutions for geriatric care
VeriChip's goal is to become the leading provider of RFID systems for people in the healthcare industry. The Company recently began marketing its VeriMed(TM) Patient Identification System for rapidly and accurately identifying people who arrive in an emergency room and are unable to communicate. This system uses the first human-implantable passive RFID microchip, the implantable VeriChip(TM),
http://newsticker.welt.de/index.php?channel=fin&module=smarthouse&id=630234
Medical Transport
http://www.ad-hoc-news.de/CorporateNews/en/14179659/VeriMed-Patient-Identification-System-Expands-to-Emergency
Emergency Medical Responders
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20071114005086&newsLang=en
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/823161/

Tracking the Elderly
Microchips keep track of aging Seniors -- Mark Baard

In order for the elderly to live at home longer, however, CAST believes seniors will have to sacrifice much of their privacy. Doctors and nurses will need
to use RFID and other sensor technologies to keep tabs on them more frequently.
It is unknown whether the elderly will accept this high level of electronic supervision.
Both the Caregiver's Assistant and the Memory Mirror read RFID-tagged items to keep track of their subjects. By placing the tags on items around the home, health-care workers can tell whether and when a patient has taken aspirin or prepared a cup of tea.
http://groups.google.com/group/Bible-Prophecy-News/browse_thread/thread/d3cb0560726b19be/363334fc125f9c98#363334fc125f9c98

Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, residential retirement centers
For example, we're trying to get the interest of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and residential retirement centers in this area," said Costello, "as well as related service organizations. We also have a special interest in people in the professions of police officer and firefighter."
http://www.venicegondolier.com/Newsstory.cfm?pubdate=021807&story=tp2vn4.htm&folder=NewsArchive3


DIABETES                please also see hopetotheend.com/diabetic.html and hopetotheend.com/dds.html
and
hopetotheend.com/biosensors.html
and DIALYSIS

VIDEO : Implanted Bio-Sensor ; Diabetes Technology
"Upon successful completion of the in vivo glucose-sensing RFID development program, this self-contained, implantable bio-sensing device will, for the first time, have the capability to measure glucose levels in the human body through an external scanner, thereby eliminating the need for diabetics to prick their fingers multiple times per day.
In the next phase of this program, the optimization of the sensing system components, and development of the sensing to electronics signal transduction system and incorporation of the devices biocompatible shield will be developed."
http://diabeticcookbookblog.com/417/implantable-glucose-sensor-diabetic-technology/

CBS : Verichip and Molly ( diabetes ) ; also dialysis, Alzheimers, 1st Responders ; VeriMed system
VeriChip Corporation (NASDAQ: CHIP), a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today that the Company and its VeriMed ( TM ) Patient Identification System was featured in a recorded segment on CBS The Early Show on Wednesday, September 5, at approximately 7:45 a.m. EDT. In the segment, Dr. Joseph Feldman, chairman of emergency/trauma at Hackensack University Medical Center discussed the benefits of the VeriMed Patient Identification System, which identifies high-risk patients and their medical records in an emergency situation. In addition, Molly Phillips of the MOLLY Foundation for Diabetes Research was interviewed.
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070905005429&newsLang=en
Medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay visited The Early Show to discuss Verichip, a new way to ensure that your doctor will always have your medical information.
Some people are concerned that Verichip could be an invasion of privacy. Privacy expert Marc Rosenberg worries that scanners at retail stores and toll booths will also have the power to read the chips in patients' arms.
"They do literally broadcast your identity," he said. "It's a bit like having your Social Security number being transmitted from your body.
"
http://cbs2.com/health/health_story_248065455.html

Targeting the Dialysis Sector  --IDF
VeriChip Corporation ("VeriChip") (NASDAQ:CHIP), a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, and Independent Dialysis Foundation (IDF), Maryland's largest independent dialysis center operator, announced today a partnership to provide the VeriMed ( TM ) Patient Identification System
VeriChip is deeply committed to supporting the dialysis community and helping to drive improved patient care, stated Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip Corporation. Through our partnership with Independent Dialysis Foundation, dialysis patients can receive the VeriMed implantable microchip and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their medical history will be available in an emergency regardless of their ability to communicate. We believe patients receiving dialysis, who tend to present with various co-morbidities and medications, and are more frequently admitted to emergency departments, are an important audience to benefit from the VeriMed Patient Identification System.
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070815005523&newsLang=en
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/3592/1/1/

Insurance Companies
http://www.dolanmedia.com/view.cfm?recID=236204


The Cognitively Impaired, and Alzheimers, Dementia, Retarded etc
ED = Emergency Department ; Providing Emergency Departments with the SYSTEM ( ambulances too ? )

Targeting Alzheimer patients

"While there are positives associated with this usage, some argue that RFID implants are a violation of human rights, especially in the case of a person with Alzheimer's who cannot give his consent to the procedure due to his cognitive condition."

According to an ABC News report that ran in August, certain privacy groups are arguing the VeriMed and other related instruments, "strip Alzheimer's patients of their dignity." "I don't think that because it's useful in animals is a reason why we should do it in human beings," Katherine Albrecht, founder of Antichip.com, a Web site that openly refutes the use of such materials in humans, told ABC.
Officials with the ethics advisory panel of the Alzheimer's Association, an entity that claims to be the leading voluntary health organization in U.S. Alzheimer's research, believe these chips should not be of a permanent nature or implanted into those with Alzheimer's. Nor do they endorse any such product or service.

If people out there think the chip isn't ethically appropriate, that's their individual choice," she added. "It's a free country."
That's why the program has been strictly voluntary per the approval and consent of the individual's caregiver, Barnes said
Financial application of the implanted chip ... computerized payment to insurance companies
"HIPAA does not come into play unless the organization is a covered entity as defined by Health and Human Services [ Sebelius / Deplante ] , meaning it has to bill insurance companies using electronic invoice," said Hewitt. "The VeriChip implementation is not currently covered by insurance , so there will be no insurance claims. But I qualify that statement with the term 'yet.' And that doesn't relieve those facilities using the chip of other security requirements."
http://lpn.advanceweb.com/editorial/content/editorial.aspx?CC=175129

"
Memory Clinics" to determine who is controllable by the State
This is a huge initiative that is going to be launched in the UK with the goal of training every single GP [ Ed: your family doctor etc. ] to pick out early signs of dementia. [ Ed: How objective will your doctor be when pressured by the medical society ? ]
On top of that, memory clinics are going to be set up across England to help diagnose people.
http://www.dbtechno.com/health/2009/02/03/memory-clinics-in-uk-aim-for-better-treatment-of-dementia/

Tagging those with Dementia -- "wandering" "wander"
The subsidiary of a Delray Beach company provided hospital EDs [ Emergency Department ] in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties with hand-sized scanners that read the chip's serial number. Providers can enter it, with their ED's [ Emergency Department ] security password, to access online records at the company's website.
However, the process won't work without an ED scanner, server and website access, updated records, and, since the implant is invisible, provider awareness [ Ed: Will this necessitate having an IMAGE on the skin over the implant ? Time will tell ]
http://include.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080728/FL02/107280026
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23044687-12377,00.html

Tagging those with Alzheimers

"Elderly people suffering from Alzheimer's should be electronically tagged and tracked by satellite, says a leading charity.
The Alzheimer's Society has proposed the measure, adding that the devices should be used only with a patient's consent."
[ Ed: " with a patient's consent" is misleading since that includes Advanced Directives, which is ANOTHER's consent.
How many people with Alzheimers are capable of making such a decison in the first place ? How many of their relatives under 'Advanced Directives' prefer automated convenience, rather than specific personalized care ? ]
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/thehealthnews.html?in_article_id=504694&in_page_id=1797

From Shantini :
First they went for the dogs and the cats ...
Then they went for the criminals as an anklet. Then they toted the usefulness of keeping our kids from getting kidnapped.
Next they want to keep a tab on the whereabouts of the recalcitrant [ eventually all ] kids.
Then someone thought of putting tags on immigrants who were ‘allowed ‘ to come illegally into a country;
Now they want to slap it on the old, and the frail.
Next it will be on all of us!!!
http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/dec2007/shanthini1228.htm 

Florida's Alzheimer patients chipped -- Alzheimer's Community Care
VeriChip Corp. said it will be implanting 200 Palm Beach County Alzheimer's patients with free identification chips over the course of two years.
http://milwaukee.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2007/08/27/daily34.html
http://www.gearlog.com/2007/08/rfid_chips_used_to_track_alzhe.php
http://www.wcpo.com/content/news/localshows/healthyliving/story.aspx?content_id=1a5b30c1-958d-4042-9d1c-a22b9e4a595d
Ekahau
http://ehealtheurope.net/news/2989/ekahau_and_verichip_collaborate_on_rfid_security
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/OnCall/story?id=3536539
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2007/08/29/a1d_verichip_0829.html

Chipping the Developmentally Disabled
But VeriChip was tangled in controversy even before Thomson's surreptitious arrival. Residents of Chattanooga, Tenn. were already protesting the corporation when VeriChip attempted to implant devices on patients at Orange Grove Center, a facility for the developmentally disabled.
The forces behind this osmotic transition into a police state are no governmental conspiracy - they're going public. In order to assimilate this technology into the majority of society, lawmakers and corporate executives know they must make Americans ask for it.
Tommy Thomson stated during a television appearance, "Everyone in America should receive a VeriChip to link his or her medical records." http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2007/10/05/72163709

CASPIAN
Our weekend prayer vigil in West Palm Beach, Florida was a terrific
success! Around 30 of us gathered in friendship and prayer outside of
the Alzheimer's Community Care Center to protest the planned
implantation of 200 Alzheimer's patients with VeriChip devices.
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
http://www.antichips.com/slideshow-may12/index.html 
or
http://www.spychips.com/slideshow-may12/index.html
http://www.news12now.com/news/albrecht_4703235___article.html/approve

ARPHID Watch : Prayer Vigil, CASPIAN and supporters -- NO FREE CHOICE
" Using Alzheimer's patients as research subjects raises troubling ethical issues. VeriChip must not be allowed to inject microchips into
people whose mental impairments prevent them from giving fully informed consent.
Medical ethicists strongly advise that vulnerable members of society should not be used to test controversial and potentially dangerous technology

"Simply being unable to say "no" is not the same as giving consent. And for millions of people around the globe, receiving a numbered mark is one of the most serious religious [ Ed: and personal ] violations a person can commit. This is not a step to be taken lightly. ...
We believe what VeriChip is planning to do is wrong. We hope you do, too, and will join us to give a voice to vulnerable members of society who cannot speak for themselves.
http://blog.wired.com/sterling/arphid_watch/index.html
http://blog.wired.com/sterling/2007/05/arphid_watch_ka_1.html

America's Mentally ill to get rfid chipped
UK Blair's Big Brother Government
" The policy paper confirmed the Government's objective of creating a surveillance society despite Mr Blair's denials of a "Big Brother" state. It said new anti-crime measures include face and voice recognition, a DNA database, identity cards, microchip monitoring and satellite surveillance — and confirmed that Britain has the most public CCTV systems in Europe....
"America is said to be "favourably disposed" towards preventing drug addiction through heroin and cocaine vaccination. It is also considering "more sophisticated" monitoring techniques, including a trial of "radio frequency identification chips" for the mentally ill."
Options for regulating behaviour ( Ed: Mind-control techniques and drugs ) include the use of legal restrictions on television beer adverts in use in over half of Europe. In Denmark, sex offenders are given hormone injections, while Dutch police recently sent text messages to warn citizens of an escaped paedophile. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=5BKL0DR0SINXJQFIQMGCFGGAVCBQUIV0?xml=/news/2007/01/17/ncrime17.xml

Pilot program for Alzheimers
For the pilot, ACC nurses will be trained by VeriChip physicians to use a syringe to insert passive 134 kHz RFID tags, compliant with the ISO 11784 and 11785 standards, in a patient's right upper arm. Encased in glass, and about the size of a rice grain, the tags have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Each tag is encoded with a unique 16-digit ID number, associated with the patient's medical records stored in the VeriChip-hosted database. The project is designed to test the functionality of the RFID implant in real-life scenarios.
http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/3340/1/1/

Albrecht, Caspian hold vigil for chipped Alzheimer's patients
Although the VeriChip Corporation emphasizes that its chip should always be strictly voluntary, many question the ethics of conducting medical research on mentally impaired individuals

http://www.rense.com/general76/interf.htm
See also
http://www.AntiChips.com.
Alzheimers patients, children have no choice
http://www.heartland.org/Article.cfm?artId=21011

200 Alzheimers patients [
Ed : who can't say "no" ]
and CARE GIVERS TOO for VeriChip implant
Alzheimer's Community Care, Inc.
VeriMed Patient Identification System
Implantable VeriMed .... VeriChip Corp.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla., -- VeriChip Corporation , a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today it has partnered with Alzheimer's Community Care, Inc., headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, to conduct a study of the effectiveness of the VeriMed Patient Identification System in managing the records of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
200 patients to get the VeriMed Implant Chip
In the two-year, 200 patient study, participating individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, as well as their caregivers, would receive the VeriMed(TM) implantable microchip to provide emergency department staff easy access to those patients' identification and medical information
Alzheimer's Community Care also believes it is important for caregivers to obtain the implantable VeriMed.


Targeting Sex Offenders
VIDEO NEWS : http://endtimes.punt.nl/?id=531178&r=1&tbl_archief=&
Why is it wrong to implant sex offenders with a Verichip ? Because chipping does not PREVENT crime, it merely tracks the offender to the scene of the crime.
The only place for sex offenders is behind bars, so the rest of society can be free of this plague.


Specific Illnesses

Indonesia to chip persons with AIDS / HIV -- Be sure to read the comments
"Lawmakers in Indonesia's remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips — part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease."
http://www.topix.com/news/gay/2008/11/chip-the-gays-says-indonesia-microchips-implanted-in-hiv
http://www.infowars.com/microchips-for-aids-patients-in-eastern-indonesia/
http://whozhe.blogspot.com/2008/11/indonesian-province-wants-microchip.html

Main goal of chipping : punishment

http://planetwaves.net/pagetwo/2008/11/24/indonesian-aids-patients-face-microchip-monitoring/

Easier for Muslims to track 'em

http://www.liquidubiquity.com/2008/11/indonesia-to-chip-patients.html



FIRST RESPONDERS
: Ambulances ; Firemen/women ; CARE GIVERS

Ambulances : American Medical Response now equipped with VeriMed scanners
VeriChip
Corporation ...a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today that its VeriMed Patient Identification System has expanded to Emergency Medical Responders. The Company has equipped 27 American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances in three counties in the Atlanta metro area with Bluetooth's enabled scanners. These ambulances are the first fleet of its kind in the country to be equipped with the VeriMed system for both emergency and non-emergency transport of residents and patients from more than 20 senior independent living facilities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Fulton, DeKalb and Clayton Counties.

Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip, said, "This relationship with AMR, the leading provider of medical transport in the U.S., is an important step in the build-out of the VeriMed Patient Identification System
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/071114/20071114005086.html?.v=1

Fire Rescue --Will implant First Responders
VeriChip Corporation (Nasdaq: CHIP), a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, will be presenting at the International Fire Rescue Conference, which attracts over 16,000 leaders in fire and emergency service, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta on August 24 and 25. VeriChip will have a physician on site to provide the VeriMed implantable microchip to interested first responders.
The VeriMed ( TM ) Patient Identification System, which utilizes a passive, implantable RFID microchip in combination with a handheld RFID scanner and secure patient database, provides immediate access to important identification and health information for patients who arrive at an emergency department unable to communicate.
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070823005231&newsLang=en

EXTERNALLY WORN , ACTIVE RFID chip on clothing of Fire fighters for tracking
http://www.nypost.com/seven/02242007/news/regionalnews/fdny_tracking_chip_a_bravest_new_world_regionalnews_david_seifman__city_hall_bureau_chief.htm

25 Care Givers and others injected with Verichip -- ( added to the 200)
ACC becomes center where
others can get chip injected too
" VeriChip Corporation, a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today that 25 Alzheimers conference attendees, including patients and caregivers received the VeriMed RFID implantable microchip at the Alzheimers Community Care (ACC) 2007 Alzheimers Educational Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 7-8.
Those who elected to receive the microchip are not part of VeriChips previously announced collaboration with ACC.
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070611005651&newsLang=en
caregiver is simultaneously informing medical personnel that he or she is responsible for someone unable to care for themselves.”
http://www.rfidsolutionsonline.com/content/news/article.asp?DocID=%7B56CC0C69-FB35-4310-83E9-D8649EE0F40B%7D&Bucket=Current+Headlines

If a caregiver becomes ill, the database will provide medical information that the patient would be unable to provide,[ Ed: ?? ] as well as inform medical personnel that he or she is the caregiver for someone unable to care for themselves.
http://www.techweb.com/showPressRelease.jhtml?articleID=X582809
http://www.verichipcorp.com/news/1172151146
Dementia
http://advisor.com/doc/18880?open&pid=VLSENR

Responsibility Chip
The company said Monday that 25 additional volunteers, recruited last week at an Alzheimer's Community Care educational conference, included
caregivers whose medical records would be available in an emergency. The chip would also provide notification that the caregiver is responsible for someone unable to care for themselves.
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/sfl-ztopics12jun12,0,3927829.story?coll=sfla-business-headlines

200 Patients being chipped on June 7, and 8 in Florida at ACC
"At the exhibit, local physician, James Provo, MD, will perform the procedure on Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers."
http://www.medadnews.com/News/Index.cfm?articleid=449058


CHIPPING CHILDREN please also see hopetotheend.com/youth.html

No minimum age for verichipping
There's no minimum age limit for VeriChip, but the company says it's geared toward adult who have issues like diabetes, Alzheimer's and dementia.
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=55566


RELEASED PRISONERS, DANGEROUS and otherwise

Chipping: First they came for the prisoners
[ Ed:
Never prevents a crime; only reports it after the fact;
your children are MORE vulnerable to abuse and killing with chipping-convicts
]
"Ministers are planning to implant "machine-readable" microchips under the skin of thousands of offenders as part of an expansion of the electronic tagging scheme that would create more space in British jails.
Amid concerns about the security of existing tagging systems and prison overcrowding, the Ministry of Justice is investigating the use of satellite and radio-wave technology to monitor criminals."
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article3333852.ece


STROKE

Endorsed by Stroke Assoc.
The implications of the chip are viewed in many different aspects. Those receiving it and establishing the hospital systems believe it can save lives and identify the patient who is unable to respond. This includes the National Stroke Association.
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7007440387


GENERAL NEWS

60 Year history of Rfid  --Public-Private-Partnerships
Participating Madison area businesses include American Girl, Kraft Foods, Lands' End, Promega Corporation, Sargento Foods and Sub-Zero Freezer Co. Other participants include Brunswick Corp., 3M, ABC Computers, BEA Systems, Rockwell Automation and Zebra Technologies.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW), based in Milwaukee, is working with UW-Madison's RFID Lab in an effort to monitor blood and blood products across the entire supply chain, said Rodeina Davis, vice president of information services
http://www.holmencourier.com/articles/2007/10/04/news/06rfidhistory.txt

Comments on Chipping
http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/features_julieshealthclub/2007/08/the-battle-over.html

"Patient-First" : desperately discounting Verichip; revenue from required subscription
The PATIENT FIRST model enables all patients to access the VeriMed Patient Identification System for no cost up-front and a nominal monthly subscription. The VeriMed Patient Identification System, which utilizes an implantable RFID microchip in combination with a handheld RFID scanner and a secure patient database, provides immediate access to important health information for patients who arrive at an emergency department unable to communicate. This program will enhance the marketability of the System by reducing patient's up-front costs. The new program will also create a recurring revenue model for the Company sooner than expected. The Company's prior program required at least a $200 direct payment by the patient at the physician's office.
Our new PATIENT FIRST marketing program will enable us to significantly ramp up our business
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2007/09/04/2909001.htm
Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of VeriChip Corporation, said, Our new PATIENT FIRST marketing program will enable us to significantly ramp up our business as we increase our focus on the patient. This fundamental change will eliminate what we believe presents an obstacle to patients and physicians. Many physicians are uncomfortable asking their patients to pay anything more than their co-pay. Similarly, many patients are not used to writing a check to their physician for a medical procedure.
As we continue our process of pursuing third-party insurance and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) reimbursement, we believe that PATIENT FIRST enables patients and physicians to participate in a more patient-friendly payment model while providing the Company with increased revenue opportunities from the VeriMed Patient Identification System over the next 18 months. http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070904005529&newsLang=en

Big Debate
" To others, the notion of tagging people was Orwellian, a departure from centuries of history and tradition in which people had the right to go and do as they pleased, without being tracked, unless they were harming someone else
Chipping, these critics said, might start with Alzheimer's patients or Army Rangers, but would eventually be suggested for convicts, then parolees, then sex offenders, then illegal aliens -- until one day, a majority of Americans, falling into one category or another, would find themselves electronically tagged.
* DIAGRAM *
http://media.redding.com/redd/content/img/photos/2007/07/22/a1chip22a-01.jpg
RFID, they warned, would soon enable the government to "frisk" citizens electronically -- an invisible, undetectable search performed by readers posted at "hotspots" along roadsides and in pedestrian areas. It might even be used to squeal on employees while they worked; time spent at the water cooler, in the bathroom, in a designated smoking area could one day be broadcast, recorded and compiled in off-limits, company databases.
a radio tag attached to a supermarket shopping cart
http://www.redding.com/news/2007/jul/22/tiny-microchip-stirs-big-debate-over-human-use/
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8QHJ1A80.htm

Verichip for the masses ??
Interestingly, not much else was said about future rollouts beyond this small sample trial, but we can't imagine these not showing up en masse (and in humans) once it gets the green light from regulators.
http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/11/alzheimers-patients-caregivers-receiving-verimed-rfid-chips/


Promotional Kits
But the campaign to build use of the technology is primarily word-of-mouth. The company's distributor is offering "starter kits" to physicians, which include the scanner and 10 chips, as part of its campaign to build up use. The goal is for those physicians to recommend the chip to high-risk patients, those that are likely to show up at an emergency room unconscious, making the data on the chip the only fast way to pull up medical history.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4816583.html

MedicAlert Bracelet

There are other technologies that are far less invasive and can achieve the same goal," she said.
Albrecht promotes the MedicAlert bracelet as the ideal way to solve the problem of Alzheimer's patients who cannot relay their medical information reliably. MedicAlert bracelets bear a recognizable medical symbol on the outside and have the patient's medical conditions listed on the back
Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania said that existing safeguards protect Alzheimer's patients and others in a similar situation from being exploited for research studies
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=sci_tech&id=5317069


DOWN'S Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism
please also see hopetotheend.com/child.html
Targeted people
The centre, which cares for children with Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, considered using VeriChip's device two years ago in a similar study on its patients - a plan that has since been put on the back burner.
http://www.lse.co.uk/ShowStory.asp?story=AV1737500Q&news_headline=alzheimers_patients_to_be_tagged_in_controversial_trial

Opponents said the procedure is invasive and it's cruel to force it on those who don't have the presence of mind to give their consent.
http://wkrn.com/nashville/news/alzheimers-chip-could-help-find-wandering-patients/96122.htm

This is a very invasive procedure and unless someone can give full consent, it is a violation of their body and bodily integrity," said Dr. Katherine Albrecht founder of antichips.com.
http://www.wtnh.com/Global/story.asp?S=6537311

Vigil for vulnerable patients
" The centre, which cares for children with Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism, was in the media spotlight two years ago when it considered using VeriChip's device in a similar study on its patients, a plan that has since been put on the back burner.

"Privacy advocates say that it is precisely this helplessness that makes the proposed use of the tags unacceptable.
"This is a community that is not in a position to give fully informed consent or to say no," says Katherine Albrecht of CASPIAN, a Florida-based consumer rights organisation. "The nature of the disease is that they can't fully understand."
Albrecht likens "the violent and invasive act" of implanting a chip in someone who does not have the ability to consent to the act of rape. Others agree with the sentiment, if not the comparison. "This is by definition a way of doing something that denies a person control," says Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. "If that doesn't strike at the heart of human dignity, I don't know what does."
He and Albrecht would rather see a chip implanted in a bracelet.
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/mg19426044.400-plan-to-chip-alzheimers-patients-causes-protest.html


VeriMed Patient Identification System -- please see also hopetotheend.com/medchip.html

"Target market for The VeriMed system consists of people who are more likely to require emergency medical care, persons with cognitive impairment, persons with chronic diseases and related conditions, and persons with implanted medical devices. CHIP believes their system will be of use for emergency personnel and first responders.
Personally, I foresee a myriad of technology issues here. If these systems are sold to healthcare plans, hospitals or individual potential patients, to hold any value whatsoever the unresponsive future patient would have to be at or taken to a facility using the database with that patient’s information. If these were purchased by facilities, they're already going to have medical information readily available for their patients in their existing databases.

This system would only have value if a patient is brought in 'cold' meaning a hospital or facility would have no existing information on this patient. That is the entire purpose of reading the implanted chip. In that case, what really would be the odds that an implanted patient would just happen to end up being taken to a facility or hospital that bought the system and has access to the database linking the patients implanted chip with the patient information????
.... If the person is institutionalized, that institution will already have information readily available for this person in case of an emergency, so an implant would be of little added help. These would work and be of use only in situations in which the responders had no information on an unresponsive patient...and would require a lot of luck in matching up an implanted patient with a facility that purchased access to the database"
http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/070211/26597_id.html?.v=1

Letting others have the control over you
It is your responsibility to take care of your health matters and not place the burden on someone else.
http://www.just-a-webpage.com/rantings/?p=152


IMMIGRANTS, MIGRANTS, REFUGEES etc.

Mandatory chipping of Immigrants ???
The D.C. area contractors' moves will likely stir up a hornet nest of privacy concerns.  The issue is strikingly similar to the fears surrounding RFID implants and the prospect of mandatory chipping.  Last year Scott Silverman, Chairman of the Board of VeriChip Corporation, who make the only FDA approved RFID implant, proposed a solution to the problem of illegal immigration -- mandatory microchipping of guest workers and anyone found to be illegally dwelling in or trying to enter the U.S.  The previous day President Bush, whose former head of the Department of Health and Human Sciences Tommy Thompson is currently serving on Verichip's board, had called for "high-tech measures to solve the immigration problem."

There is significant pending and passed legislation that aims to protect constituents from unwanted intrusion and scanning.  As reported by DailyTech, California's state Senate recently passed a bill banning companies or anyone else from forcing a California citizen to be involuntarily microchipped.
These issues will not go away as technology becomes more and more entrenched in our day to day lives.  People will likely struggle with these complex moral issues as they ponder whether the benefits of increased safety are worth someone being able to watch them in their daily lives.
http://www.dailytech.com/Contractors+Plan+to+Scan+DC+Motorists/article9155.htm

First they came for the immigrants ....
The slippery slope in this argument is that we’ve already tracked cargo, then pets and cattle.  Next, we will track immigrants.  Who do you think is the last stop?  That’s right.  It’s you.  The government is going to shove a leash [ Ed - on you ] and you’ll like it.  Within a short period of time, you’ll not even notice it’s there
There is no way to justify implanting legal, foreign nationals who have chosen to live here.   In order to do it, you would have to chip every American citizen as well.  Then, you would be faced with the prospect of what you are going to do with the illegal citizens who have no chips?  They will stick out in a field of chipped Americans and the government will no longer be able to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration.  Worse yet, would be the tit-for-tat retaliation that other countries will enforce against the United States.
http://www.just-a-webpage.com/rantings/?p=152


Cars ( transportation) by permission and surveillance ( VeriChip )
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/shot-in-arm-for-carless/2007/10/26/1192941339510.html


"If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,
which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation;
and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever:
and they have no rest day nor night,
who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."
Revelation / Apocalypse 14: 9 -- 11

Salvation hopetotheend.com/sal.html
Bible www.blueletterbible.org