Last Updated May 13, 2010 3:08 PM EDT
While the New South Wales Department of Health Web page is ostensibly a reference point for officials who want to reduce medical errors caused by patient mixups, it looks pretty scary if you're someone who thinks that society is heading toward a Minority Report-style dictatorship in which everyone carries a compulsory microchip implant. And there are lots of those people.
Managers ought to be aware that transparency has a flip side: The same information can look mighty different when viewed by unintended audiences.
Australia is in the middle of a healthcare reform, and a central plank of those changes is the introduction of a "personally controlled electronic health record system," or e-Health scheme, that gives each Australian a 16-digit ID number. By unfortunate coincidence, PositiveID's VeriChip device also relies on a 16-digit system, and its Health Link medical records product sounds exactly like the online database Australia is creating.
So, paranoid Americans who believe President Obama wants to introduce a socialist World Government that controls its subjects via RFID chips just caught a lucky break: Australia is giving us all a sneak preview.
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