It's called a Veri-Chip - no bigger than a few grains a rice, it's implanted in your arm. A scanner accesses a personal code - which opens up your information file.
Dr. Christopher Mills recently installed the first new york chip wearer. Because it's so small and inserts under the skin in the arm, it can be done during a quick doctor's visit.
Dr. Christopher Mills, performed Verichip Implant: "It's simply like placing an intravenous line, it's done under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting, so the actual event itself is really like a non-event."
But the non event has far reaching implications. Right now it's for medical information, but promoters of the chip see endless applications.
Dr. Christopher Mills: "I think security issues are a very important thing. Identifying who you are so there isn't altered identification. You really are the person you say you are."
The $200 dollar chip could eventually deactivate your home alarm. Not just speed you through but possibly eliminate shopping checkout lines. Or replace your ATM card when you need that old fashioned stuff they call cash. For each application there seem to be just as many concerns.
What about privacy? who handles the data bank? what if its compromised by hackers? Who certifies the accuracy of the information in the database?"
Doctor Richard Seelig, Verichip Promoter and first man in the country with an implanted chip admits it's a controversial idea.