Podcast interview with David Palmer, CEO of ClearCount Medical Solutions

In case intra-abdominal surgery isn’t traumatic enough, in every 1000 to 1500 cases a sponge is left behind in the patient. That can mean life-threatening complications for the patient, exposure to unneeded radiation from X-rays, and a need for additional surgery. Until CMS stopped paying for “never events” like these, it also meant additional revenue for the hospital, which could bill for all the rework.

ClearCount Medical Solutions puts tiny RFID tags in surgical sponges, allowing the sponges to be detected and counted. In the future, ClearCount hopes to use its platform to track other items such as surgical instruments that can also be left behind.

I spoke today with David Palmer, ClearCount’s president and CEO to get his perspective.

February 24, 2009

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