Fevered pitch: Boca Raton company remaking world of thermometers

By Chris Fleck

ARC Devices, a medical technology company in Boca Raton, is changing the way we monitor body temperature and other vital signs with a new wave of digital, infrared, no-touch thermometers. 

Today’s standard thermometers require patients to be touched or probed in order to get a temperature reading. ARC Devices’ thermometers don’t.

Instead, users place the thermometer an inch from the patient’s forehead, above the eyebrows and between the eyes, and click a button. The patient’s temperature appears on the device’s screen, which includes an indicator that shows green if the patient has a normal temperature, orange if warm but not fully feverish, and red if the patient has a fever.

Because there’s no bodily contact, it helps minimize the risk of spreading infection when used on multiple patients.

For home use, ARC Devices is marketing its InstaTemp thermometer on ARCdevices.com and through retailers such as Target.com and Amazon.com for about $40.

For clinical use, the InstaTemp MD is more sensitive and has a larger processor, designed for hospitals and medical providers to read core body temperature – the gold standard of temperature measurements. It uses a proprietary sensor that, unlike analog systems, does not require calibration. This means it will remain consistently accurate over the life of the device.

 ARC Devices was founded by Irwin Gross, Amos Alter and Jaap Elzas, all neighbors in Boca Raton. Together, they loved the idea of non-touch thermometer technology and decided to invest in developing the technology and business together.

Their journey – and the journey of their company – is deeply rooted in Boca, where the U.S. operation is headquartered. The company has used other local resources, such as Florida Atlantic University, to support research and software development.  

ARC Devices also is partnering with Citrix Systems of Fort Lauderdale to demonstrate how the Bluetooth-enabled thermometer can integrate with Citrix’s Workspace Hub as an “internet of things” device. This would allow vitals data to be collected and securely entered into electronic medical records systems along with patient and provider information.

Such a partnership would improve productivity and reduce chances of human error. A prototype of this system recently was demonstrated at a conference for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, where it attracted attention from numerous hospital and health care organizations.

 With the revolutionary technology and vision, coupled with the ongoing partnerships, ARC Devices is a company to watch – not only in the South Florida area, but nationally and internationally as well.

Chris Fleck is on the board of the South Florida Technology Alliance and vice president of emerging solutions for Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS), a Fort Lauderdale company that provides secure delivery of applications and data. 

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.