"The agreement with CST represents a significant step forward in our positioning of TVemail as an information solution in the health care market. With 400.000 low birth weight babies born per year and approximately one million births financed by Medicaid per year, we are excited about the opportunities in these areas. We believe that the CST agreement, along with our other marketing initiatives, will generate significant revenues beginning in the first quarter of 2002", stated Michael Grennan, Chief Financial Officer of eNote.com.
CST developed and operates Baby Carelink, an Internet-based telemedicine programme designed to reduce the costs of care and provide enhanced medical, informational, and emotional support to families of very low birth weight infants during and after their neonatal intensive care unit stay. CST has entered into a contract with the state of Illinois to offer their services to Medicaid families, with additional contracts pending in other states.
"After careful technical and functional review, we believe that TVemail would be an ideal solution to deliver our product into the homes of Medicaid parents", stated CST's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles Safran. In addition, CST's President Michael Grady commented: "TVemail is easy to deploy, cost-effective, and also provides CST with a strategic advantage for populations without Internet access."
eNote.com Inc. is the creator of TVemail, a low-cost Internet appliance that allows users to send and receive e-mail and view select Internet content via their television and existing phone line. The product, a small set-top "mailbox" and wireless keyboard, gives users the ability to send and receive text e-mail, news and information, image attachments, weather, and other useful content via the Internet. Through a patent pending EZ-Colour user interface, TVemail utilises four colour-coded buttons on the wireless keyboard which correspond with coloured commands on the television screen. TVemail provides a very short learning curve for novice users who have no prior Internet or computer experience.
eNote has redirected its marketing efforts to focus on health care applications for its TVemail appliance. The TVemail device provides families with e-mail, information and images, without the need for a computer or any Internet experience. The device gives health care providers the ability to communicate electronically with families and improve the overall quality of care.
In addition to the CST agreement, pilot tests are underway at Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, where the device is being utilised as a communications link between hospital staff and families of premature infants receiving care in their neonatal intensive care units. Discussions are underway with other large regional hospitals about the TVemail neonatal programme.
"This is a simple, low cost, useful device, especially for the hospital and post-hospital settings. It can improve communication with parents and be adapted to other uses", said Dr. Jerold F. Lucey, Wallace Professor of Neonatology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Editor of Paediatrics. The TVemail pilot programme has been underway at Fletcher Allen Medical Center since October of 2000 under Dr. Lucey's supervision.
In addition to the health care applications of TVemail, eNote has identified target markets within independent and assisted living facilities nationwide, serving consumers over the age of 65. The 65 and over population in the United States is approximately 35 million, with 40 percent currently accessing the Internet on a regular basis. The primary reason for this low Internet penetration is cost and complexity of current PC systems. TVemail provides a simple and affordable way to access Internet e-mail and content for this market.