Global Med Technologies prepares for first sub-Saharan African software installation

Denver 21 April 2004In May 2004, Global Med Technologies Inc. will kick-off its first sub-Saharan African implementation, with receipt of funds, of its Wyndgate Technologies division's SafeTrace donor management system and SafeTrace Tx transfusion management system. This marks the beginning of Global Med's foray into international markets where there are abundant opportunities to help underdeveloped countries upgrade their blood supply.

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Blood centres are faced with blood shortages and an environment of possible contamination of the blood supply with blood-borne diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis, West Nile Virus, etc. These factors, especially the spread of HIV, are becoming drivers in the international market for blood centre and transfusion services. Most blood banks and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa utilize manual processes and maintain only manual records with little or no computer software or automation to help control the testing and safe release of blood and blood products.

Wyndgate's donor and hospital transfusion information systems, with their comprehensive safety features, will help to enhance the quality of blood products distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa by helping to ensure that only suitable blood products are released for transfusion. Potentially, this may help to decrease the transmission rate of HIV/AIDS through blood transfusions in sub-Saharan Africa, which in turn may ultimately help to save many lives.

Mick Ruxin, M.D., Chairman and CEO of Global Med Technologies Inc., stated: "This is truly a milestone for Global Med, something that the management team always believed would happen and which has the potential to catapult the company into many other countries to sell its medical software management systems." Dr. Ruxin continued: "This six-figure agreement in two small African cities, in one small African country, underscores the $100+ million dollar potential for Global Med in the international arena. Further, this is true testimony to the quality of our products and the professionalism and competency of our employees as we move forward into international markets. We are very excited by this opportunity and are looking to additional international sales in the not-too-distant future."

Wyndgate has strategic marketing relationships with companies in the blood services products industry, such as McKesson Information Solutions, a division of McKesson Corporation; Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Siemens Company; Sysmex InfoSystems America Inc. (SIA); the Healthcare Solutions Division of Keane Inc.; Misys Healthcare Systems; and GE Medical Systems. Through these partnerships, Global Med is poised to take advantage of expanded market opportunities for its blood services management software.

Global Med Technologies Inc. is an e-Health medical information technology company providing information management software products and services to the health care industry. Its Wyndgate Technologies division is a supplier of information management systems to United States blood centres and transfusion services. Current clients of Wyndgate's products and services manage more than 3 million units of blood, or over 22 percent of the United States blood supply, each year. Together, the SafeTrace Tx advanced transfusion management system and the SafeTrace donor management system provide Vein-to-Vein tracking from donor collection to patient transfusion.


Leslie Versweyveld

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