The government has created a committee to investigate the potential of implanting a radio-frequency implantable device (RFID or commonly known as a “chip”) in every U.S. citizen OR on the use of the ‘smart card’ (i.e. card that incorporates an individual’s medical care record). In order to reduce the issues surrounding patient safety including patient identification, and maintenance of a complete and accurate history of disease processes and medications, this RFID or ‘smart card’ will contain all of the individual’s medical information.
When the patient arrives at a point-of-care, the RFID or the ‘smart card’ is scanned, and all of the information is uploaded into the provider Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Upon discharge, information is then downloaded back to the RFID or the ‘smart card’.
You have been invited as a nursing representative for your state to provide a report to the committee regarding the use of the RFID or the ‘smart card’. Choose one of these technologies and complete the following information to produce your report.

1. Analyze the pros and cons of the use of the implanted RFID or the ‘smart card’. To assist you in analysis, explore the HealthCare IT News ( and investigate other sources on the internet or in the current literature. There are companies currently producing “chips.” Read their marketing information for additional background information.
2. Identify how you have incorporated the use of either of these technologies or other smart device (such as Smart phone) in your personal and professional life? How has it been incorporated in society?
3. What are the potential legal, ethical, and social implications of a policy for use of the RFID or the ‘smart card’ is instituted at your healthcare system?
4. In thinking of the scenario above, how would redundancy of the information be addressed for the RFID or the ‘smart card’?
5. Discuss the logistics: how does the healthcare provider access the information from the RFID or the ‘smart card’?
6. In thinking of the scenario above, identify the extent that patients are able to access their own information –can the user access the exact same information as the healthcare provider?
7. What types of policies might be needed at your healthcare facility to safeguard patients who have an implanted RFID or the ‘smart card’?
8. Identify populations who might greatly benefit from the use of the RFID or the ‘smart card’? (e.g. Person’s with Alzheimer’s, kids, etc.).
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RFID Implantation Scenario APA Paper
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9. Present your analysis in a scholarly, 4-6 page APA formatted paper with the following elements:
a. Title Page (not included in page count)
b. Citations throughout
c. Introduction – Catch the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources.
d. Body of analysis:
i. Present the pros and cons about the RFID or the ‘smart card.’ Think globally and historically.
ii. Identify the ethical and legal implications of RFID or the ‘smart card’ use.
iii. Discuss policies to incorporate at your facility to safeguard patients with RFIDs or the ‘smart card.’
e. Conclusion and Recommendation – Summarize the analysis and offer a recommendation. Is the RFID or the ‘smart card’ the way to go for the future of health care interoperability and portability?
f. Reference Page (not included in page count)

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