> The South Florida Business Journal
> January 21, 2005
January 21, 2005
Harvard Medical School CIO gets chipped
> The chief information officer at Harvard Medical School has a chip,
> but it's not
> exactly on his shoulder. The executive last month received a VeriChip
> from the
> Delray Beach-based company of the same name.
> VeriChip Corp. a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions (NASDAQ:
> ADSX), said
> John D. Halamka said he wanted to receive the under-the-skin
> transponder about
> the size of a grain of rice to assess it.
> The VeriChip went under Halamka's skin last month. He said insertion
> was a
> 15-minute outpatient procedure.
> "There was no residual pain, scar or even a palpable chip," he said in
> Halamka has since climbed several mountains, including Mount
> Washington in
> sub-freezing temperatures without any restrictions. He also reported
> that the
> reader accurately read his identification number all of the time.
> "The three applications that I envision for the technology are
> identifying the
> non-responsive patient, reducing medical error by using [radio
> identification] to positively identify the patient, nurse and
> medications during
> drug administration and verifying the right medications are being
> given to the
> right patient," he said.
> Richard Seelig, VeriChip vice president of medical applications, said
> as key
> medical decision makers, such as Harvard Medical School faculty,
> become familiar
> with the VeriChip system, their guidance will improve patient
> identification and
> secure access to health care information.
> Shares in the parent company were down 4 cents to $4.93 in morning
> trading. The
> 52-week high was $8.55 on Dec. 7. The 52-week low was $1.94 on May 25.
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