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
‘Smartcard’ (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 ‘Smartcard’ will contain all the individual’s
When the patient arrives at a point-of-care, the RFID or the ‘Smartcard’ is scanned, and all the
information is uploaded into the provider Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Upon discharge,
information is then downloaded back to the RFID or the ‘Smartcard’.
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 ‘Smartcard’. Choose one of these technologies and complete the
following information to produce your report.
For this assignment, please draft a paper to include the following information:
1. Create and introduction paragraph describing the topic (RFID or Smartcard), explain what will be
addressed in the paper, and evaluate the pros and cons of using implantable devices or the
a. Create an introduction: Introduce the topic (RFID or Smartcard)
b. Evaluate the Pros and Cons:
i. Analyze the pros and cons of the use of the implanted RFID or the ‘Smartcard’. To assist
you in analysis, explore the US Food and Drug Administration Guidance Document
and investigate other sources on the internet or in the current literature. There are
companies currently producing “chips.” Read marketing information found online for
companies producing “chips” for additional background information.
ii. Explain how you use smart devices in your personal life. How has this technology been
incorporated in society?
2. Assess the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications:
a. What are the potential legal, ethical, and social implications, which should be considered if
implementing and using RFID or the ‘Smartcard’ if it is instituted, in your practice setting?
b. Identify populations who might greatly benefit from the use of the RFID or the ‘Smartcard’? (e.g.
people with Alzheimer’s, children, those with cognitive disabilities, etc.).
c. Refer to the scenario above. How would the redundancy of information be addressed for the
RFID or the ‘Smartcard’?
3. Evaluate the Scenario and Discuss a Policy to Incorporate
a. Identify how your organization could incorporate the use of either of these technologies (RFIDs
or other smart devices, such as Smart phone) in the practice setting?
b. Discuss the logistics. How would a healthcare provider access the information from the patient’s
RFID or the ‘Smartcard’?
c. In thinking of the scenario above, identify the extent that patients can access their own
information? Can the user access the exact same information as the healthcare provider?
d. What types of policies might be needed at your healthcare facility to safeguard patients who have
an implanted RFID or the ‘Smartcard’?
4. Conclusion and Recommendation
a. Draft a conclusion statement which summarizes a possible recommendation for using RFID or
Smartcard devices or explain why you feel further consideration of use is not warranted.
5. Grammar and APA Format
a. Present your analysis in a scholarly, 4-6 page, APA-formatted paper with the following elements:
i. Title Page (not included in page count)
ii. Citations throughout
iii. Introduction – Catch the reader’s attention with interesting facts and supporting sources.
iv. Body of analysis:
• Present the pros and cons about the RFID or the ‘smart card.’ Think globally and
• Identify the ethical, legal, and social implications of RFID or the ‘Smartcard’ use.
• Discuss policies to incorporate at your facility to safeguard patients with RFIDs or the
v. Conclusion and Recommendation – Summarize the analysis and offer a recommendation.
Is the RFID or the ‘Smartcard’ a plausible method for the future of health care
interoperability and portability of health information?
vi. Reference Page (not included in page count)
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