The US health care system was acknowledged in the launch of The Sentinel Initiative by the US FDA a new joint registry in the Summer of 2008.
The Sentinel is intended as “a long-term effort by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create a national electronic system for monitoring medical product safety. They state in is to strengthen FDA's ability to track how drugs and other medical products perform once they go on the market and, ultimately, facilitate the development of tools to strengthen the agency’s ability to communicate (monitor) safety information to the public.” Sentinel foresees joint public-private partnerships to populate a national database for its purposes. How individual contributors to the database maintain their own records in accessible archives remains an open question.
Close to one million hip and knee replacements implant approximately four million implants in the US each year and the surgeons using those devices, have limited tools at their disposal to drill down into their implant usage data. WebOps provides a state of the art tool to capture and archive this essential information integrated into the routine processes of the implant supply chain through point of actual implantation.
Domestically, the U.S. Government can access your property, use a GPS device on the bottom of your car and monitor your movements, according to Time magazine. This activity does not violate your rights, because you do not expect privacy in your driveway or on public roads.
In 2009, DEA agents planted a GPS device on a vehicle owned by Juan Pineda-Moreno while it was parked at his home. The DEA then used it to find marijuana crops he was growing. Pineda-Moreno appealed the case, stating that GPS tracking violated his Fourth Amendment rights. His appeal was denied in January 2010, and again in August 2010.
In November 2007, the Washington Post reported that government is able to use personal cell phones as tracking devices. The Post states that officials obtain phone location information from phone companies as a means to track individuals' movements. The Washington Post stated that federal officials usually do so without court supervision.
The world's first implantable GPS tracker, the Bio-Trac GPS, is used globally by both governments and contractors, according to it's sole North American distributor, LightningGPS. The Bio-Trac GPS Tracker is small (the size of a grain of rice) and can be implanted under skin with an implant gun. For short term use, it can be swallowed and can stay in your system for up to 72 hours. This live tracking device is accurate up to five feet, and can be used on vehicles, animals and humans.