Healthcare, RFID and Medical Devices: Worry or Not?

Kaye Beach

July 10, 2011

In this post I raise two issues related to RFID and medical devices.  RFID is a generic term for technologies that use radio waves to automatically identify people or objects.

One of these issues you shouldn’t worry about but the other might be cause for concern.

Although the assertion that the Affordable Care Act mandates that the majority of people receive a RFID chip implant has been soundly debunked but there has been a resurgence in the hoax.  It is concerning to see that otherwise cautious and credible people are falling for it and perpetuating this disinformation.  As I have stated elsewhere, creditability is essential and it is an all or nothing kind of a deal.

Here is the basic claim being made;

The Obama Health care bill under Class II (Paragraph 1, Section B) specifically includes ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable.” Then on page 1004 it describes what the term “data” means in paragraph 1, section B:

‘‘(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to in
formation respecting a device described in paragraph (1),  including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of  data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary”

What exactly is a class II device that is implantable? Lets see…

Approved by the FDA, a class II implantable device is a “implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

This sort of device would be implanted in the majority of people who opt to become covered by the public health care option.


The claim is faulty from the get go.  Although implantable RFID chips are a Class II device, the  aren’t the only implantable device that is a Class II medical device.

In the United States, medical devices are regulated by the FED, the Food and Drug Administration. Medical devices can be defined as any physical item useful for diagnostic, monitoring, or therapeutic purposes.

There are three classes of medical devices.  Devices are regulated according to their intended use and by level of risk posed to the patient with a Class I device being the most lightly regulated due their non invasive nature and slimmer possibility for harming a person and Class III being the most heavily regulated.  link Examples of Class I devices  include bandages and  hand held surgical instruments. Examples of Class II medical devices includes dental fillings, sutures, and yes, RFID implantable chips.

RFID chips are only one example of a Class II implantable device. 

What is a Class II medical device?

Class II devices have a higher potential to cause harm and require both general and special controls, such as special labeling, mandatory performance standards, and postmarket surveillance. These devices are typically nonimplanted, although some are partially invasive. Examples include x-ray machines, wheelchairs, infusion pumps, and surgical needles. Link

Also, the original (HR 3200)  bill did not mandate that anyone must have anything implanted. the language was actually proposing a national registry of medical devices  and furthermore this language was not included in the version (HR 3590) of the bill that actually passed into law.  A registry of medical devices certainly could be something to worry about but that is not what is being addressed by the above claims that are being passed  from person to person around like a bad rash.

Mark Lerner, co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance, researched the issue and provides this statement on his findings regarding the matter;

I have been asked if RFID (chips) implants are mandated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR3590, Public Law 111-148) often referred to as “Obamacare”. The answer is “No”.

An earlier version of the legislation (HR3200, 111th Congress) did allow for class II devices that are “implantable” but that legislation never made it out of the House of Representatives.

Do not take my word for it; visit and select “advanced search”, then select 111th Congress (2009-2010) and enter the bill number HR3590.

You can do the same for HR3200 and find out that HR3200 never was passed, much less signed into law. If you follow the directions I have provided you will be able to read and do a word search for the word “implantable”in both of the pieces of legislation and determine the last Congressional action taken.

I want to say unequivocally there are times when incorrect information is shared not because people intentionally are attempting to mislead others but rather because we do not always do our homework before passing on emails and other information. Let the man or woman or has never shared erroneous information come forward today and you will find nobody including myself that has not committed this error.”

Now here is an issue that involves RFID and medical device that may warrant some legitimate concern;

Published July 10, 2012 in the RFiD Journal

FDA Issues Proposed Rules for Unique Identification System for Medical Devices

The medical manufacturing and health-care industries have 120 days to comment on the new rules, which will require many medical devices to carry a printed text identification number and bar-code label or RFID tag ID that would be stored on an FDA database.

Read more

The concern is that medical devices that are either worn or implanted into a person that carry a unique identification number whether it be by bar code, RFID or simply text printed on the device-is traceable and could be combined with other personal data.  I find the idea, on its face, to be worrisome and will be doing some addition reading on this issue.

For more information on the privacy  problems with item level RFID tagging, read;

Bye Bye Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart Radio Tags to Track Clothing

12 responses to “Healthcare, RFID and Medical Devices: Worry or Not?

  1. Agreed the RFID chip is not “mandated” in the bill. However, I do believe the permission is there and the wording is “the camel’s nose under the tent.” Is is a short hop from that permission to requirement, in my opinion. When it becomes necessary by the Federal government to attach everyone’s banking and payment information for health care purchases in order to streamline the payments to the IRS, that’s when this will kick in as mandatory. The ruse will be “for your protection.” Don’t forget that the devices also include drug release devices, such as insulin pumps. RFID chips are also implantable through vaccinations. Time will tell, but I think because the devices have the requirement, this still is a subject of serious concern and dire consequences.

  2. I am in no way trying to minimize the danger posed by microchipping and do not suggest that our government would never attempt such a thing. I just don’t want good folks to get skewered passing around the erroneous story.

  3. Cheryl, I would like to know what specific language is there to give permission at a later date, not that I’m disagreeing with you, I’m currently reading through the bill and amendments, I know they wanted the chip in there, but I want to be able to quote the language, not guess it’s in there

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  5. Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff
    Class II Special Controls Guidance Document: Implantable Radiofrequency Transponder System for Patient Identification and Health Information december 10 2004

  6. Roxanne, what point did you want to make in reference to this document?
    here is the link to that document for readers
    Thank you,

  7. Watbol Scards

    Thx for this info!

  8. This rumor is going around FB, and as always I check my facts before passing on such info. After my fact checking I found your blog, saving me from having to do it. MANY THANKS! Reblogging and posting as reference to my reply.

  9. It took me a while to figure this out (that microchip in us citizens is not currently req’d by OC), but certainly in the first bill the details were there regarding RFIDs for everyone and it was ambiguous enough to be of concern. It could’ve been interpreted possibly to mean everyone had to be chipped, but the requirement for us all to have a RFID chip with medical data didn’t make it into current ObamaCare bill, but it was there! in original writing, just not requiring that it be implanted, although the other chip we could have was a type that was almost always a life supporting chip and needed implanted , so that was ambigous. The interesting thing is that OBAMACARE is req’d to be fully enacted 36 month from pass date which the last day to sign up is in 2014 on the date 3-22 which is the Skull and Bones Sacred( or Profane) number and one of the numbers important to the ritual, number and symbol obsessed Illuminati who Obama works for. Some may find this “conspiracy theory” tripe, but there is just too much evidence to deny it now. The banksters are going for a one world fascist state with micro-chipped populous. It might already be to late to stop some really terrible things they are planning. they have already destroyed the USA in every meaningful way, it just is a matter of time until the axe falls. I’d bet it is likely to really start on 3-22 but in 2013. Wake up now or wake up in hell soon. These days, it is scary to even acknowledge it, free speech gets you put on lists, and now that the Government can disappear you without charges and never even admit they have you or tell you why you are being detained tortured tried or killed. all LEGALLY under the new laws OBAMA passed, many just Executive Orders. ALL THOSE LAWS ARE ACTUALLY ILLEGAL, since they suspend the bill of rights and are even a step back from Geneva convention, Even the MAGNA CARTA from the tenth century. It is ugly. I really hope that some humanity can find it’s way into the ?hearts? of these global elite, but it doesn’t seem likely, but it is still worth praying for, none the less. Look up an ex friend of Rockefeller on youtube, he revealed that their( the global elite) most immediate and overarching goal is to chip EVERYONE on the planet, it seems that might be much easier if they got rid of the majority of us. If that happens, likely, we’ll be enslaved for many generations to come. Our best hope is to somehow forestall their planned culling and release the Tesla free energy and anti-gravity technology, with that, we would not need their “LOANS”. End of rant- cut short( there was more…

  10. Haywood Jablome

    Wake up word-smiths and nay-sayers, obviously the endgame is to have eveyone chipped! Stop denying the OBVIOUS…

  11. The big wide open wording is “AND ANY OTHER DATA DEEMED APPROPRIATE BY THE SECRETARY”…. meaning the Rothschild Dynasty can order the implants through their shill Susan Rice ….and the Sup Ct has already given the executive and Congress the.. “precedent”… authority to M A N D A T E compulsion by each and every former citizen of the United States. We went from citizenship to subjective status is one foul swoop. IT IS TOTALLY ROTHSCHILDIAN!!!!! WAKE UP !!!!!!!!!! Precedents relate to government authority dummies. The mandate to comply with the law allows the power to mandate compliance with any other subsequent requirement from any governmental order. It is loose, general,. and an absolute classic case of governmental over reach. The problems is THE government has given themselves the power to give themselves more power by side stepping the purpose of Constitutional checks and balances. I DON”T TRUST THEM BECAUSE THE PRIMARY POLICY BEING USED IS “THE NOBLE LIE” PREMISE THAT WAS FIRST SUGGESTED BY SOCRATES IN HIS TRIAL FOR IMPIETY. Same old crap…same old crappers.

  12. Is anyone here knowledgeable at all regarding relational database design? No, I didn’t think so. If you are, I invite your participation in a specific dialog that would center around the requirements of a relational database system such as Obamacare would require.

    A unique ID is called a “key” or “primary key” used in a relational database system to ensure that there is no duplication. Each person (or unit) in database system MUST have a unique ID, a primary key, by which it can connect to all other related data. Without a unique ID, duplication is possible, meaning that in a healthcare system, the wrong data (or device or event such as a medical device, or doctor, each of which also has its own unique ID) or procedure, or billing event, or payment, provider, etc. could be confused, which would cause gigantic and potentially dangerous, even deadly problems. A person could receive the wrong device, treatment, or other mistake could cause problems as a result of any duplication or misattributed piece of data. Result: Dangerous or deadly. Period.

    Due to this need, it is a MUST that every person have a unique ID that is 1.) permanent and 2.) non-transferrable. Otherwise, Person A could let Person B use his ID number and the entire system would exist as a house of cards, without CONTROL that is necessary and desirable by those who want full control. (Who has heard that Obama has used more than one social security number? I hope you know about that situation. A weakness like that CANNOT be allowed to exist EVER in a system like Obamacare.)

    Whoever thinks that a chip (or other installed device, e.g. rfid tattoo) would not be required for Obamacare simply does NOT understand the requirements of such a system, referred to innocently in the healthcare bill as “the registry.”

    Sorry, but I cannot say that I trust the information given in this article, especially considering the paper-thin depth of the technical information included. Maybe it is my distrust of those I don’t know personally who could have a vested interest in spreading misinformation, maybe even a government shill. There are a lot of those, and there’s a lot of that going around, I hope you know. Just try telling some people that Obama has provided NO actual proof of where or when he was born or who his parents are to see the danger of indoctrination (brainwashing) by government and its public relations arm, the mainstream media who are trusted WAY too much by way too many people. And, if you the reader happen to be one who thinks you know the truth about Obama’s birth, I assure you, all you know is what someone has told you and those who are spreading lies are the ones with the loudest and furthest-reaching voices.

    Proceed with care. Know thy enemy. Trust… but verify. Verify. If someone wanted to install an electronic chip, tattoo or other device in your body, unless you happen to be one of a handful of people who actually know how it was designed and for what purpose, you would be foolish, in my opinion, to accept it. You have NO IDEA what technologies are available to a government who has a black budget of trillions of dollars to spend every year for decades on technology, most of which you have never even heard of existing.

    No Obamacare for me, thank you very much, and the only chips I’ll accept come with salsa.

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