Sprint selects PatientKeeper mobile software platform for health care market

Overland Park 14 June 2004Sprint and PatientKeeper have established a formal arrangement to offer a comprehensive mobility solution covering a broad portfolio of administrative and clinical applications, including PatientKeeper Clinical Results, PatientKeeper Charge Capture, PatientKeeper Mobile Dictation, PatientKeeper ePrescription, and more. The open standards of the PatientKeeper Platform and the PatientKeeper Software Development Kits (SDKs) pave the way for third-party developers to create custom applications to meet specific client needs.

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Under the agreement, PatientKeeper's broad portfolio of applications will be available on select Sprint PCS Smart Devices and represents a core part of the health care mobility solutions strategy Sprint announced with palmOne Inc. in February. As part of the Sprint Business Solutions Programme, Trio Teknologies, a distributor of wireless voice and data services, will serve as a point of contact for PatientKeeper customers needing service activation and device-fulfillment services.

"Our selection of the PatientKeeper Platform is another example of Sprint's commitment to offering health care providers solutions for enhancing patient care and streamlining business operations", stated Jennifer Johnson, director of health care marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. "PatientKeeper has a long track record of success across the health care continuum. Sprint will continue to work with key partners, including PatientKeeper and palmOne, to address the multiple challenges faced by the health care industry."

The PatientKeeper Platform offers physicians options for streamlined work flow and access to complete patient data on demand. Clinicians rely on PatientKeeper Clinical Results for immediate access to lab results, medication profiles, microbiology and radiology reports, allergy profiles, and clinical notes such as consultation and daily progress. PatientKeeper Charge Capture automates the billing process providing a simpler and more accurate way to capture professional service charges at the point of care.

Clinicians use PatientKeeper Mobile Dictation to record patient notes on mobile devices and send the voice files directly to transcription services. PatientKeeper ePrescription, powered by DrFirst, gives clinicians the ability to write prescriptions, check for allergies and drug interactions, and forward the prescriptions to a pharmacy.

"PatientKeeper is dedicated to providing solutions that enhance patient care, support the day in the life of a physician, and deliver a return on investment", stated Stephen S. Hau, PatientKeeper vice president of marketing and business development. "Our partnership with Sprint extends communication beyond the hospital's walls and allows us to jointly offer new applications to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of health care providers."

Sprint solutions showcase how physicians can mobilize various applications on wireless handheld devices in order to access and capture information at the point of 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 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) security requirements. Sprint can also provide solutions for the health care market including digital imaging and telemedicine capabilities.

The Sprint PCS Business Solutions Programme was designed to provide more opportunities and flexibility for Sprint business customers to acquire and deploy core wireless data solutions and includes system integrators, independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, distributors, and value-added resellers in the IT industry.

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.

PatientKeeper Inc. provides health care professionals with mobile computing solutions that deliver clinical and financial benefits. The PatientKeeper Platform easily integrates with existing information systems. PatientKeeper and its partners have created a portfolio of applications that allow doctors to interactively manage patient information, view clinical results, enter charges, dictate notes, write prescriptions, and more.

More news on PatientKeeper is available in the VMW October 2003 article Park City Solutions partners with PatientKeeper to deliver advanced mobile solutions to clients. For more information on Sprint, please read the VMW June 2004 article Sprint and DrFirst to offer health care providers wireless ePrescription solution


Leslie Versweyveld

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