Kentucky Health Department Purchases RFID Chips For Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Management Needs

VeriChip Corp., a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced recently that it has sold the VeriTrace system, including 1,000 RFID microchips, for disaster preparedness and emergency management needs to Kentucky’s Green River District Health Department.

VeriTrace, created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where it was used by the Federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, was designed to assist in the management of emergency situations and disaster recovery using implantable RFID technology.

The VeriTrace system includes a unique implantable RFID microchip, a VeriTrace Bluetooth handheld reader, a customized Ricoh 500SE Digital Camera capable of receiving both RFID scanned data and GPS data wirelessly, and a Web-enabled database for gathering and storing information and images captured during emergency response operations. This database ensures the precise collection, storage and inventory of all data and images related to remains and the associated evidentiary items. This also allows the recreation of an accurate and complete reconstruction of a disaster setting, crime scene or similar setting where recreation is necessary.

“Our continued outreach helps health care organizations and various levels of government recognize the role the VeriTrace System, the only end-to-end solution to use implantable RFID tags for disaster preparedness and emergency response, plays in meeting their needs,” said Marc Poulshock, vice president of VeriChip’s implantable and emergency management divisions.

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