DELRAY BEACH, FL – June 22, 2017 – PositiveID Corporation (“PositiveID” or “Company”) (OTCQB: PSID), a life sciences company focused on detection and diagnostics, announced today that it has completed the development of the Caregiver® thermometer with Bluetooth® and has achieved certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) following the successful completion of testing. [The Company now intends to initiate marketing efforts for the Bluetooth-enabled version of Caregiver.
PositiveID’s FDA-cleared Caregiver is a professional grade, infrared thermometer for measurement of forehead temperature in adults, children, and infants, without contact. Caregiver with Bluetooth can connect wirelessly to electronic health records systems and patient monitoring stations in hospitals. Caregiver is marketed by Thermomedics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PositiveID.
Caregiver delivers an oral-equivalent temperature directly from the forehead in one to two seconds. Since there is no skin contact and Caregiver does not require probe cover supplies, it reduces the risk of cross-contamination, which is an increasing concern, and saves healthcare facilities the cost of covers (as much as $0.05 to $0.10 per temperature), storage space, and waste disposal costs. It is estimated that Caregiver can offer savings of $250 or more per year per device in probe cover supplies alone.
“We believe achieving Bluetooth certification for our latest model of Caregiver is an important milestone that will help us propel the growth of this business,” said Gary O’Hara, Chief Technology Officer of Thermomedics. “By offering wireless connectivity to the most frequently used hospital systems we believe we can forge new partnerships and gain market share.”
The new Caregiver Bluetooth-enabled thermometer uses the latest low energy version Bluetooth 4.0 known as "Bluetooth Smart" for maximum battery life. This new capability of the Bluetooth-enabled version of Caregiver to interface with certain electronic health record systems will be a premium addition to the standard product offering.
The Company markets its Caregiver thermometer in the fastest growing segment of the global temperature monitoring device market, infrared thermometry. The global market for temperature monitoring devices is forecast to reach $1 billion by 2020, with infrared thermometers experiencing the fastest growth driven in part by concerns over the spread of highly infectious diseases like Ebola, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc.