VeriChip Corporation (VeriChip), a provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for patient indentifiction, announced that it is re-launching its VeriMed Health Link electronic health records system. The Company believes that EHRs will position it to benefit from stimulus funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which authorized $23 billion in spending for healthcare information technology, with a concentration on the implementation and adoption of EHRs.
In 2004, the Company received FDA clearance of its VeriMed Health Link patient identification system, incorporating the implantable RFID microchip (the VeriChip), a handheld scanner for emergency room personnel and an online, electronic, personal health record. In early 2008, the Company changed the name of this system to Health Link and has enrolled a total of 536 patients in the Health Link EHR.
In July 2008, the Company sold a significant portion of its assets to The Stanley Works and substantially diminished its marketing efforts related to the Health Link system. In November 2008, the Company’s former Chairman and CEO, Scott R. Silverman, purchased a majority ownership position in the Company. Since then, management has examined a wide array of business opportunities including, but not limited to, re-launching the Health Link EHR.
Commenting on the re-launch of Health Link, Mr. Silverman, VeriChip’s Chairman, stated: For years, VeriChip has been a nationwide, interoperable electronic health records system to decrease medical errors, reduce costs for providers and insurers, and ensure the standard of care for patients. Not only do we offer a robust and stable, fully functioning EHR, but VeriMed Health Link offers the only secure means to access electronic health information that is guaranteed to always be with the patient. Silverman continued: As the Company moves forward with a comprehensive platform of identification technologies and tools, starting the process with our existing Health Link EHR is only logical.
The Company has begun a process to ensure that its EHR is compliant with the certifications set by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), thereby enabling those physicians and hospitals that utilize the Company’s EHR to qualify for stimulus funding.