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Microchips implanted in patients

4th August 2006

04082006_microchipeye1.jpgPatients with long-term condition have been implanted with health record chips, as part of a US trial.

A total of 280 patients from the New Jersey area set to have the microchips inserted under their skin to assess the use of the technology in managing long-term conditions.

The volunteers will include sufferers of heart disease, epilepsy and diabetes, as well as recent organ recipients.
The chips, which are the size of a grain of rice, have been implanted above their right elbow and contain a 16-digit number that, when scanned at the medical centre, will link them to their electronic patient record.

Patients who present at the emergency room who are unable to identify themselves or provide their medical history are expected to benefit.


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