Almost four months ago, I reported that we will soon see biometric technology implemented, which will affect the way electronic information is handled, and now it has been confirmed by The National Journal that pilots unions have entered into what are described as “high-level” and “sensitive” talks with Obama administration officials to implement a system under which pilots would use a card containing biometric information.
However, this will not just apply to pilots, it will eventually apply to everyone as demonstrated in the video above. You can now kiss your privacy goodbye, because biometrics contain the most personal information that nature uniquely assigns each individual. We should also expect them to roll out the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip that has been already developed.
By 2014, all Americans will be required to have electronic health records (EHR) which will include their height, weight and body mass index (BMI). This is part of the healthcare bill that Obama recently signed, and the Department of Health and Human Services has finally finished tying all the loose ends.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “This will push our entire health care system forward,” as she compared the advent of electronic health records to electronic banking. “Health information technology promises to bring that same transformation, convenience and reliability to the health care system,” she said.
The Obama administration warned that health care providers, including doctors and hospitals, must establish “meaningful use” of EHRs by 2014 in order to qualify for federal subsidies. If they do not comply, they will risk getting penalized in the form of diminished Medicare and Medicaid payments. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology.
To give you a little insight into how this works is, everybody will be issued a National Healthcare ID card that has an embedded RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip in it. Rather than get a card, some could choose to have the chip implanted in their body, perhaps the wrist, shoulder, or wherever the recipient feels comfortable with it.
This chip will have all your biometric information in it like fingerprints, face recognition, iris recognition and so forth. It’s purpose is to tie together your health records, bank accounts, financial records, credit history, criminal history and can track your movements throughout the country, just in case you attempt to hide from the government.
The government says the reason the RFID chip will have all this information is to pre-qualify who can afford what type of health services. In essence once the chip is scanned and it is deemed that you have enough money in your bank account to cover medical treatment, you won’t have to wait in line. If you don’t have the money, they can instantly pull your credit file using the chip, and determine how much credit to extend to you and at what interest rate, just like they determine the amount of student loans when you file electronically.
The whole purpose is to move us into a cashless society.