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VeriChip Expands Hospital Infrastructure: Hackensack University Medical Center Becomes the Second Major Medical Center to Adopt the VeriChip System

Business Wire | Mar 16 2005

VeriChip Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital (NASDAQ: ADSX) announced today that Hackensack University Medical University (HUMC), Hackensack, New Jersey will initiate a clinical evaluation program of the VeriChip System in its Emergency Department for clinical use. The facility will now be able to scan patients to obtain their VeriChip ID Number and utilize the associated information.

Commenting on the HUMC decision to enable its ED physicians and staff to utilize the VeriChip System, Dr. Richard Seelig, Vice President, Medical Applications of VeriChip Corporation, commented, "We are pleased that as a progressive, innovative, well respected medical center HUMC recognizes that the VeriChip technology can enhance clinical care and expand the use of its sophisticated patient information system across all clinical services. Area physicians can now recommend to patients the placement of a VeriChip knowing that a major regional facility in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area has the capability of both reading the VeriChip and accessing electronically stored medical information. Together with HUMC, we anticipate the result will be more rapid and accurate access to crucial medical information when patient communication is diminished or absent."

Joseph Feldman, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine of HUMC, stated, "We look forward to utilizing the VeriChip System to assist in patient identification and access to medical information. Particularly beneficial for patients with chronic illnesses, this modality will assist us in expediting the quality level of care which we provide."

In addition, Nicholas Minicucci, Jr., founder and president of the MOLLY Foundation at Hackensack University Medical Center, has endorsed the VeriChip technology on behalf of his daughter, Molly Phillips. Molly will be one of the first patients to be "chipped." Initial patients will be "chipped" at the medical center during the week of March 14th.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack University Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the art technologies, and facilities. A leader in providing the highest quality patient-centered care, Hackensack University Medical Center has been recognized for performance excellence encompassing the entire spectrum of hospital quality and service issues. These honors include the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence(TM) and the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program(SM). The medical center is home to one of the most comprehensive cancer centers in the nation - The Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to be the home of The MOLLY Center for Children with Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders. This program provides clinical and educational programs for children with diabetes and their families.

About VeriChip

VeriChip Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Applied Digital. The VeriChip product is a sub dermal RFID micro transponder that can be used in a variety of security, financial, emergency identification and healthcare applications. About the size of a grain of rice, each VeriChip device contains a unique verification number that is captured by briefly passing a proprietary scanner over the VeriChip. In October 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared VeriChip for medical applications in the United States. VeriChip is not an FDA-regulated device with regard to its security, financial, personal identification/safety applications and is MRI compatible.

About Applied Digital:

Applied Digital develops innovative security products for consumer, commercial, and government sectors worldwide. The Company's unique and often proprietary products provide security for people, animals, the food supply, government/military arena, and commercial assets. Included in this diversified product line are RFID applications, end-to-end food safety systems, GPS/Satellite communications, and telecomm and security infrastructure, positioning Applied Digital as the leader of Security Through Innovation. Applied Digital is the owner of a majority position in Digital Angel Corporation (AMEX: DOC).

For more information, visit the company's website at

Statements about the Company's future expectations, including future revenues and earnings, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from expected results. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequently occurring events or circumstances.



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