The personal health record used with VeriMed Health Link system will be accessible through Microsoft® HealthVault. If you decide to take the plunge, well you can add your records to the HealthVault. I’ll stay with my normal HealthVault account for now.
Dr. Halamka at Harvard Medical is the only one I have read about who has the chip and he offers additional information at his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO. I have to say when it comes to offering “first hand” information on technology, healthcare devices, HIE, Health IT, he’s at the top of the list, as chances are if he’s talking about it, he’s done it, thus offers some of the best information available. He was also one of the first 10 volunteers to participate in the Personal Human Genome project and you can read more here on that topic.
Here’s a video from 2007 with Dr. Halamka, who has been chipped and talks about it. The downside of the chip is that the hospital needs to be equipped with the device that can read it and I don’t know how many have this device. When the chip first came out I heard a lot of mixed reactions and mine too was mixed and it appears now the move for online records with a PHR is strong, but who knows where we will be in a couple years from now. BD
VeriChip Corporation, a provider of RFID health care systems, announced that it is re-launching its VeriMed Health Link electronic health records (EHR) system. VeriChip hopes to capitalize on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which authorized $23 billion in stimulus funds for health care information technology, with an emphasis on the implementation and adoption of EHRs.