1. Please briefly explain how your technology works.
The technology combines RFID, skin patches, sensors and RFID-enabled cell phones, PDAs or wireless laptops. We create RFID sensor networks as covered in umbrella Patent 7,148,803 and in subsequent Gentag/Altivera patents.
By using an RFID-enabled phone, our remote database software and skin patches with embedded RFID technology, the following scenario is possible: when a patient comes to a hospital one of our patches is applied to the patient, a picture of the patient is taken and all the relevant information becomes stored in the hospital secure records system. When the patients is subsequently visited by a nurse or doctor the charts, picture, medical history, etc. becomes immediately available as soon as the skin patch is scanned. The nurse or doctor then scans RFID labeled drugs prior to administration and this is then immediately recorded on the system. Because each nurse/doctor has his own phone or reader device the systems records who visited what patient when and what drugs were administered. If an attempt is made to administer a drug that cannot be give to a patient, the doctor or nurse is immediately warned before that happens. Gentag can demonstrate the full system that includes, cell phones, skin patches and remote database software.
2. Is anybody else out there making a product similar to yours?
Several companies already produce RFID wristbands or bracelets. Such technology cannot be used for sensors, which is the next step in the technology. We are not aware of anyone who is producing skin patches read by cell phones. If they were they would be violating our patents.
3. How big are the skin patches and is there a particular way to wear them?
The skin patches are the size of a normal mid-size band-aid. We have prototypes that are 1 ½ inch square. The skin patches can be made in any size but the smaller they are the smaller the read range.
4. What's the anticipated cost of the products (software and patches included)? If they are disposable, how often must they be replaced?
We are not prepared to discuss the final costs because it is volume dependent but our technology will be very low cost.
In our tests our skin patches can be used for one week, even with daily showers. Hence most normal hospitals stays will be covered without a need for replacement of the skin patch.
5. You say this will eliminate medical errors, but how?
By using our software the picture of the patient comes up on the cell phone, therefore an ID match is guaranteed. Once this is validated by the physician or nurse, the drugs that are administered can be scanned by the RFID enabled phone and recorded immediately. Since the phone matches a nurse or physician via the ID of the phone itself records are automatically updated of when a patient was visited, by whom and what drug was administered. If a drug is given to a patient with a counter-indication for that drug the physician or nurse is warned BEFORE the drug is administered.
6. Is this a product just for hospitals? What about home care?
The product can be used anywhere.
7. When will they be ready for market and where will they be launched?
We expect that the product will be ready for launch in about 4 months.
8. Can you discuss exact terms of your deal with Gentag?