RFID Abstract

This study explores the possible use of embedded health data chips, or radio frequency identification (RFID), for the Athabascan Native American community in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Interior Alaska. An evaluation of the effectiveness and current costs of maintaining health records is compared to the projected costs and implications of an RFID program. Risks that are examined include social rejection by the community, legal limitations inherent in this technology, security risks of the devices, and health problems resulting from data chip insertion. This study has been performed in cooperation with VeriChip - the data chip manufacturer/supplier and Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) - the health provider for the Yukon-Kuskokwim area in cooperation with the Indian Health Service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.