Microchipping Employees: Why or Why Not?

Microchipping Employees: Why or Why Not?

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Facilitator: SFIS Professor Katina Michael

Description: Recently companies internationally are considering implanting their employees with microchips to improve security which has naturally raised some public concerns about the risks, barriers and future uses of micro-chipping. Could companies sell employees' personal data to third parties? Could employers know if staff contacted a competitor about a job? Join us for an informal conversation to tease out the main issues that we see from an STS lens on implanting employees in the workplace.

Readings for Discussion: Christine Perakslis, Katina Michael, M. G. Michael, Robert Gable, "Perceived barriers for implanting microchips in humans", 2014 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW), Date of Conference: 24-26 June 2014, Date Added to IEEE Xplore: 08 September 2014. DOI: 10.1109/NORBERT.2014.6893929

"Microchipping Employees and Potential Workplace Surveillance"

"A Wisconsin company offers to implant remote-control microchips in its employees" (2018)

Interview with Gary Retherford of CityWatcher.com (2009)

http://www.securitysystemsnews.com/article/security-company-gets-under-skin-embedded-access-chips (2006)

Bio: Katina Michael has been studying embedded technologies in humans for over 20 years. She has a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Computing, Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering. Katina is the founding editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. Find out more at www.katinamichael.com

Total Farm Management Practices Using RFID: Two Australian Dairy Farm Case Studies

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) has been deployed in government mandated livestock identification schemes across the world since the 1990s. RFID in its basic function can help authorities identify animals, especially when traceability becomes paramount during disease outbreaks across regions. This session provides a view of how an RFID-enabled dairy farm can leverage mobile network infrastructure towards achieving total farm management. The data for the study was collected from two case studies, both NLIS (national livestock identification system) compliant dairy farms on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia, soon after the NLIS was mandated. The Cochrane and Strong Farms were used as models to illustrate the core and auxiliary technology components of an RFID-enabled dairy farm. Beyond satisfying the regulations of government agencies for livestock to be a part of a national identification system for tracking purposes, farmers are now venturing beyond mere basic compliance systems. Once installed, farmers have begun to realize that their initial capital investment into an RFID system holds great strategic potential. The initial outlay while substantial is a once only cost that with a few more application-centric uses can yield a return on investment manifold. This workshop session provides an end-to-end view of the infrastructure and processes required to achieve an advanced RFID-enabled state-of-the-art dairy farm.

Participants will learn about:

  • Regulatory changes in the livestock industry: identification, traceability
  • Mandatory components for RFID-enabled dairy farms
    • RFID tags and boluses, herd management software, fixed RFID reader, digital network
    • Auxiliary components for RFID-enabled dairy farms
  • Portable readers, weight scales, automated feed-dropping controllers, milk meters, milking controller units, drafting gates, temperature monitoring, tracking, calf-feeding machines
  • Benefits of total farm management

Presenter: Professor Katina Michael, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong

Collaborator: Mr Adam Trevarthen, alumni of the University of Wollongong (for identification purposes only)

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Internet of Medical Things: Balancing Benefits with Risks - BioPharma Research Council

BioPharma Research Council

BioPharma Research Council (BRC) webinar entitled: The Internet of Medical Things: Balancing Benefits with Risks on July 27th.

Featured experts in cybersecurity and related applications who will bring their experience to bear on what should be built into connected devices and systems to ensure privacy and security.

  *   Date: Thursday, July 27th, 2017
  *   Start Time:  1pm EST,12:00 pm CDT, 9:00am PDT
  *   End Time: 3:30pm EST, 2:30pm CDT, 11:30pm PDT

BRC is hosting an Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) webinar that will weigh in on questions concerning the privacy and security of devices, systems, users, and databases.  Advantages of connectivity and automated data collection will be considered in light of responsibilities and liabilities of all parties regarding rights, intellectual property, privacy and security in a cyber environment.

Risks and liabilities must be weighed relative to the overall benefits to the connected organizations and their patients.  Not only will these systems provide ease of connectivity and data collection, but more important, patients could benefit by finding existing therapies or clinical trials that may treat their condition.  In addition, improved data collection over larger number of subjects could lead to a more comprehensive determination of drug efficacy and safety profiles.

There is a need to address two main questions:
1.  How are organizations currently mitigating risks to security and privacy in balance with innovating to keep pace with threats to devices, systems and applications; and,
2.  What are the strategies, plans, and processes being considered to reduce anticipated risks to patients and safeguards their benefits.

What constitutes an acceptable risk and liability profile while realizing benefits to connected organizations and their patients in the face of escalating threats.

Katina Michael will be addressing issues from her research from the last decade on embedded devices, uberveillance, and the associated privacy and cyber security impacts. What are some of the most egregious privacy and security risks that you’ve found with the devices? What do you see as the trend for medical devices to come? What can device engineers do to improve the security and privacy of their devices?

Expected Audience:
Professionals and practitioners working in connectivity, automated data collection, and data sources such as hospital equipment, implants, wearables, consumer devices, and related databases.

  *   Clinical professionals in IT and trial management
  *   Device developers
  *   Device software developers
  *   System software developers
  *   Website developers
  *   System Architects
  *   Database Administrators
  *   Clinical Laboratory Managers
  *   Risk Assessors
  *   Chief Risk Officers
  *   Healthcare information security professionals
  *   Healthcare privacy professionals
  *   Healthcare IT practitioners
  *   Legal professionals
  *   Regulatory officials

Each presentation will be followed with dialog (Q&A chat box), and the event will conclude with a panel of regulatory representatives addressing risk-reward trade-offs in data collection, cybersecurity, privacy and public policy and regulations.

Main contacts: Rebecca Herold, Tom Fare, Ronnye Schreiber


BRC is hosting an Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) webinar that will weigh in on questions concerning the privacy and security of devices, systems, users, and databases.Advantages of connectivity and automated data collection will be considered in light of responsibilities and liabilities of all parties regarding rights, intellectual property, and security in a cyber environment.

Risks and liabilities must be weighed relative to the overall benefits to the connected organizations and their patients. Not only will these systems provide ease of connectivity and data collection, but more important, patients could benefit by finding existing therapies or clinical trials that may treat their condition. In addition, improved data collection over larger number of subjects could lead to a more comprehensive determination of drug efficacy and safety profiles.

DATE: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

START TIME: 1:00 PM EST (12:00 PM CDT/9:00 AM PDT)

END TIME: 3:30 PM EST (2:30 PM CDT/11:30 AM PDT)

Register here


1:00-1:05 Welcome and Introductions
Ronnye Schreiber
Board of Directors

1:05-1:10 Overview
Rebecca Herold
CEO Privacy Professor

1:10-1:35 CISO’s struggles with securing medical devices
Mitch Parker
Executive Director
Information Security & Compliance
Indiana University Health

1:35-2:00 Security Risk Management Throughout the Medical Device Life Cycle
Steven Abrahamson
Senior Director
Product Cyber Security
GE Healthcare

2:00-2:25 Current medical breakthroughs with IOMT medical devices
Dave Saunders
Senior VP Product Development, Co-Founder
Galen Robotics

2:25-2:50 The future of IOMT
Katina Michael
University of Wollongong

2:50-3:15 Roundtable: What Regulators are Looking For
Deven McGraw
Deputy Director
Health Information Privacy at Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Linda Ricci
Associate Director
Office of Device Evaluation Digital Health
FDA’s Center Director for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) 

3:15-3:25 Summary
Rebecca Herold

3:25-3:30 Parting thoughts
Ronnye Schreiber

Presenter Backgrounds

Ronnye Schreiber

Ronnye co-founded PlanetConnect in 1995 and is the company CEO. She is also Co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit, BioPharma Research Council (BRC).  She leads teams creating customized internal and external meetings and trade shows for Pharmaceuticals, Telecommunications and AgBio organizations. Past working lives have been spent in labs in Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers Medical School, Sidney Farber Cancer Institute, Arthur D. Little, and Ortho Diagnostics and in libraries and marketing at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories. Ronnye is dedicated to working with non-profit organizations, including planning programs and festivals, managing sponsorships and fund-raising for a number of organizations such as the Association of Women in Science (AWIS), American Association of University Women (AAUW), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF).  Ronnye was the Commencement Keynote for DeVry University in 2005 and is a lifetime member of Beta Phi Mu. Ronnye has a Master’s degree from Rutgers University School of Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in bacteriology from Douglass College of Rutgers University.

Rebecca Herold

Rebecca Herold, FIP, CISSP, CISA, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, CIPP/US, FLMI, is CEO and Founder of The Privacy Professor® consultancy she established in 2004, and is Co-Founder and President of SIMBUS, LLC, an information security, privacy, technology & compliance management cloud service for organizations of all sizes, in all industries, in all locations founded in 2014. Rebecca is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of systems engineering, information security, privacy and compliance experience. Rebecca has authored 19 books to date, dozens of book chapters, and hundreds of published articles. Rebecca led the NIST SGIP Smart Grid Privacy Subgroup for 7 years, was a founding member and officer for the IEEE P1912 Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group, and serves on the Advisory Boards of numerous organizations. Rebecca also serves as an expert witness for information security, privacy, and compliance issues. Rebecca has helped hundreds of covered entities, business associates, and medical device vendors in the healthcare industry throughout her career, as well as current clients in her SIMBUS360.com business. Rebecca was an Adjunct Professor for the Norwich University MSISA program for many years, and graduated with honors with degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Education. Rebecca is based in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Mitchell Parker

Mitchell Parker, CISSP, is the Executive Director, Information Security and Compliance, at IU Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mitch is currently working on redeveloping the Information Security program at IU Health, and regularly works with multiple non-technology stakeholders to improve it. He also speaks regularly at multiple conferences and workshops, including HIMSS, IEEE TechIgnite, and Internet of Medical Things. Mitch has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University, a MS in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University, and his MBA from Temple University.

Steven Abrahamson

Steve Abrahamson is Senior Director of Product Security at GE Healthcare, based in his hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Steve’s leads the GE Healthcare Product Cyber Security organization in development and implementation of the GE Healthcare Design Engineering Privacy and Security process across all global product lines, as well as development of security systems and tools, integration of security within strategic software programs, and development of collaborative approaches with customers, regulators, and industry groups. Steve has promoted systemic risk-based approaches for healthcare security through frequent speaking engagements including the FDA Workshop on Collaborative Approaches for Healthcare Cyber Security, US Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, National Academy of Sciences Innovation Forum, HHS/NIST HIPAA Security Conference, HIMSS, mHealth, Advamed, AAMI, and the SANS Healthcare Cyber Security Summit, and recently served as a chairperson for the Medical Device Cybersecurity Risk Mitigation Conference. Prior to joining GE Steve worked at Texas Instruments in various technical management roles supporting precision-guided weapons programs within their Defense Electronics Group. Steve is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a MBA from the University of Dallas. Steve also represents GE as a member of GE’s corporate marathon team, and he has completed over 120 marathons.

Dave Saunders 

Serial tech sector entrepreneur, Dave Saunders has taken over 40 Internet-based products from inception to market since 1991. He has led diverse product development programs including desktop Internet software, access concentration, telco switching, virtual machine clustering and computer-vision-guided surgical tools. An ardent supporter of the Internet of Things, he continues pursuing his vision of a connected world that enriches lives as co-founder and vice president of product development for Silicon Valley-based medical systems creator Galen Robotics.

Katina Michael

Dr Katina Michael, BIT, MTransCrimPrev, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Computing and Information Technology, and member of the Centre for Persuasive Technology and Society, at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Katina is the Editor in Chief of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, and Senior Editor of IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. She researches the technological trajectory of emerging technologies within the national security and biomedical space. Together with husband MG Michael she has developed the concept of uberveillance, denoting embedded surveillance devices. She has guest edited a dozen special issue journals on topics devoted to human activity monitoring and big data. Katina is a board member of the Australian Privacy Foundation and previously represented the Consumers Federation of Australia.

Deven McGraw

Deven McGraw serves as the deputy director for health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and is the acting chief privacy officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Ms. McGraw is a well-respected expert on the HIPAA rules and brings to her positions a wealth of experience in both the private sector and the non-profit advocacy world. Prior to joining HHS, she was a partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  She previously served as the director of the health privacy projects at the Center for Democracy & Technology, which is a leading consumer voice on health privacy and security policy issues, and as the chief operating officer at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided strategic leadership and substantive policy expertise for the partnership’s health policy agenda. Ms. McGraw graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and was executive editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She has a Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  

Linda Ricci

Linda Ricci began her career developing artificial intelligence solutions in the defense industry before moving to the medical device industry as a software engineer.  She helped to develop several diagnostic cardiology devices and has participated in all phases of product life cycle development.  Ms. Ricci moved to the FDA in 2005 and has had several roles including scientific reviewer and branch chief within the Division of Cardiovascular devices.  Currently Ms. Ricci is the Associate Director for Digital Health within the Office of Device Evaluation.  In this role she, leads the development and implementation of digital health policy within the Office of Device Evaluation.  She has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering.

Tom Fare

Tom is Director, Strategic Alliances for PlanetConnect. His role is to engage potential new clients and customers to develop symposia that address existing and emerging needs within their organizations.  He uses his extensive experience in scientific research, development, and licensing to identify meeting themes matched to a client's objectives and goals.  He also develops ROI models to measure and report on business and employee development for clients and customers.   Tom spent over 13 years with Merck & Co. and over 30 years in biotechnology and technology.  He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed papers in fields ranging from circuit design to gene profiling technologies.