Sprint and MercuryMD offer health care providers one-stop shopping opportunity for mobility solutions

San Diego 27 April 2004Sprint and MercuryMD have signed a collaborative agreement to offer a complete mobility solution for health care providers in a one-stop shopping arrangement. Under the agreement, the MData Enterprise System mobile software from MercuryMD will be available on select Sprint PCS Smart Devices and represents the first of several applications to be available as part of Sprint's health care mobility solutions strategy announced with palmOne Inc. in February. Through an existing Sprint PCS Business Solutions Programme relationship, Trio Teknologies, a distributor of wireless voice and data services, will provide customers with a single, convenient point of contact for all aspects of the solution including service activation and device fulfilment.

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"Sprint is pleased to have Mercury MD and Trio Teknologies play an important role in the enhancement of our health care mobility solutions portfolio", stated Jennifer Johnson, director of health care marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. "By leveraging these key relationships along with our innovative devices and the capabilities of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, Sprint is able to offer health care organisations an end-to-end mobility solution for improving patient care and business efficiencies."

The MData Enterprise System integrates into a hospital's existing information systems and delivers accurate and timely clinical data directly to a clinician's mobile device, in a simple and intuitive user-interface. With MData, physicians are no longer required to be present at the hospital to receive patient updates and clinical results, thus enabling physicians to take control of their time, while being more responsive to the needs of their patients.

"Increasingly, our hospital customers and the thousands of MData users nationwide are requesting access to clinical information from outside the hospital", stated Gary Abrahams, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MercuryMD Inc. "Working together with Sprint and Trio Teknologies, we're able to offer our customers wireless connectivity to their patients' clinical data and status, anywhere on the enhanced Sprint PCS Nationwide Network, improving timely decision making and patient care."

Sprint is dedicated to providing integrated communication solutions that help health care providers balance patient care, manage costs and comply with mandated regulations. Sprint has been offering voice and data services for more than 30 years and has a full data-services portfolio including business continuity, transport (IP, FR, ATM, wireless) and managed network services.

In addition, Sprint has built a strong portfolio of security products and services that health care organisations can leverage to address the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security requirements. Sprint is also leveraging its portfolio of wireless and wireline assets to provide integrated, managed mobility solutions designed for the health care market. Sprint can also provide solutions for the health care market including digital imaging and telemedicine capabilities.

Sprint has been recognized for its leadership in vertical markets overall with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Telecom Services Vertical Company of the Year Award and the 2002 Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Leadership Award for Customized Healthcare Solutions.

The Sprint PCS Business Solutions Programme was designed to provide significantly more opportunities and flexibility for Sprint business customers to acquire and deploy core wireless data solutions, including wireless e-mail and connection cards, as well as more complex offerings that typically satisfy the needs of vertical markets. Sprint PCS Business Solutions Programmr members include leading system integrators, independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers in the IT industry.

MercuryMD is a private, health care-focused software company that provides hospitals with mobile technology solutions to improve clinical work flow and operational efficiencies. MercuryMD's MData Enterprise System integrates hospital data and delivers patient information directly to clinicians'handheld devices enabling them to have anytime access to current and comprehensive clinical data.

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 65.000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. More information on Sprint is available in this VMW issue's article Sprint to implement wireless networks at Illinois' Central DuPage Hospital.


Leslie Versweyveld

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