- Doctors back plan to store medical info under your skin
CHICAGO (AFP) - Doctors could soon be storing essential medical information under the skin of their patients, the American Medical Association says.
Devices the size of a grain of rice that are implanted with a needle could give emergency room doctors quick access to the records of chronically ill patients, the nation's largest doctors group said in a report.
The association adopted a policy Monday stating that the devices can improve the "safety and efficiency of patient care" by helping to identify patients and enabling secure access to clinical information. ...
- ... The association warned of "potential social consequences" such as using the devices for surveillance which could be an infringement on individual liberties.
It recommended that the devices not be implanted without the informed consent of patients and that doctors monitor their use.
"Hey, doc, what's really in that syringe you're holding?"