Jeanette Hill of Spot On Sciences has recently developed a technology that can simplify blood testing. Called HemaSpot, the device pricks patients' fingers for only two drops of blood, retrieved when patients press their fingers to the device and push a button. The process only takes 5 minutes, and the sample is then spread onto a filter paper for easy analysis. The samples also last at room temperature for years, making it simpler to store than traditional samples, which require 5 mL of blood, centrifuging, and freezing.
In May 2012 the company announced the launch of their HemaForm™ -80 Plate Kit giving access for the first time to its innovative patent-pending absorbent paper design that significantly improves the quality and reliability of blood sample analysis. The HemaForm™ filter paper is pre-cut into fan blades that can be easily ‘plucked’ for analysis,” . This technology has applications for Dried Blood Spot (DBS) analysis which is used for infant diagnosis of HIV.