RFID Chip Connects Patient To Personal Health Record

Florida’s emergency health care system is receiving a shot in the arm with the introduction of Health Link, a revolutionary bio-medical technology created by VeriChip Corp. of Delray Beach, Fla.

The introduction is initially aimed at residents and hospitals in the Greater Palm Beach area in Florida. The service will eventually be introduced throughout the state and the country. Sixteen hospitals in the region have welcomed the System into their emergency room protocol practices and signed on as program participants.

Health Link connects a person to their personal health record, allowing partnering System hospitals, and their emergency room doctors and nurses, to have immediate access to vital records during a health crisis.

For program participants, this means they will able to receive critical care more rapidly, accurately and safely. Emergency contact information is also provided, offering greater peace of mind for the Health Link member, and the person’s family and caregivers.

Health Link requires implanting program participants with a tiny microchip (similar in size to a grain of rice) just under the skin in the rear upper portion of the right arm.

The Health Link microchip contains a 16-digit identification number that, when scanned by a Health Link hand held electronic reader, provides a secure link to a private, online database that reveals the patient’s personal health records and emergency contact information.

No other information is contained on the microchip. Once the Health Link microchip is implanted, it cannot be lost or stolen.

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