Fugitive Uncovered by His Pacemaker

See full story here. Every implanted pacemaker stores information that identifies the patient. But hospitals don’t really need your pacemaker. A swab of your DNA or dusting your coffee cup for finger prints could also be used for a computer match against federal data bases. Where this could all lead is explained at The Covert Rationing Blog:

Once medical records become fully electronic, patients needing medical aid will have a lot to consider. Are you an embezzler on the lam? Are you behind in paying your income taxes? Are you a parking ticket scofflaw? Do you have erectile dysfunction, or venereal disease? (These latter conditions cannot get you arrested — as of yet — but…the publication of lists of patients with embarrassing medical conditions always remains a possibility.)

Once again, DrRich marvels at the fact that, soon, the only safe way to get your healthcare will be through the black market.

(HT to Jason Shafrin)

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  1. Brian Williams. says:

    Nothing that Julian Assange doesn’t know already…

  2. Devon Herrick says:

    It is a scary thought that Big Brother might be an electronic medical record — or maybe Big Brother will merely take advantage of them. The idea that this treasure-trove of information could exists and nobody will try to abuse it is ludicrous.

  3. Joe Barnett says:

    Criminals have long had problems accessing medical care. If not for the pacemaker, the (probably) fake SSN he gave would have resulted in an alert to the police and a bedside visit.

  4. Ken says:

    Hard to feel sorry for the guy.