RTX Healthcare launches wireless breakthrough for home health monitoring

Copenhagen 17 August 2004The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a 510(k) Premarket Notification Clearance to RTX Healthcare, a subsidiary of RTX Telecom for the RTX3320 PSTN Wireless Telehealth Gateway, designed for home monitoring, e-health and remote disease management applications. The device provides immediate benefits to patients by utilizing advanced wireless and Internet technologies, carefully implemented for seamless and automated operation with a minimum need for patient interaction to improve patient quality of life, convenience and compliance in their daily monitoring.

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"The advantage of the Wireless Telehealth Gateway for patients and health care providers is its simplicity and reliability", stated Chris Tubis, President and CEO, RTX America. "The Wireless Telehealth Gateway is the first and only FDA approved wireless connectivity device for remote patient monitoring, creating what has been a missing link between standard wireless patient monitors, currently available, and any electronic patient health record managed by a healthcare provider."

"The recent integration of the Wireless Telehealth Gateway solution into our suite of home monitoring telemedicine products has enabled us to package a non-invasive, practical solution with pricing suitable for any scalable remote patient monitoring programme", stated James R. King, Senior Systems Engineer, Healthcare Vision Inc. "The Wireless Telehealth Gateway technology is dependable with simple configuration and deployment procedures. Most importantly, we have found that its hands-free operation does not introduce any disruption in the patient's daily measurement routine."

The Wireless Telehealth Gateway is a wireless Bluetooth-to-PSTN gateway designed for home use by patients. It is intended to be used in combination with a variety of patient monitors upon the prescription of a licensed physician or other authorized health care provider. Its purpose is to transmit selected medical information such as weight, blood pressure or blood glucose levels, over a normal residential telephone line directly to the health care facility. The Wireless Telehealth Gateway is fully compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, thus ensuring protection of confidentiality and security of patient health data.

The Wireless Telehealth Gateway serves as the remote communications link between compatible patient monitors and the compatible health care facility at another location, which could be a physician office, disease management centre, or other out-of-hospital caregiver facility. The Wireless Telehealth Gateway is a "black box" device that is not connected to or operated by the patient. The device does not measure, interpret or make any decisions on the vital data it conveys. Rather, when the device has received the measured values, it stores the data and generates a call using the analog phone line, conveying the data to a remote facility.

The vision of RTX Healthcare is to bring the best from wireless communication technology to health care and medical devices. This provides customers with opportunities to bring new, innovative world-class products to market rapidly and efficiently, developed by RTX Healthcare. RTX Healthcare also supplies OEM products such as the RTX3320 PSTN and RTX3350 GSM/GPRS Wireless Telehealth Gateway, which transfers the information to a www-server.

RTX Telecom is an independent supplier of Total Product Development Solutions, focusing exclusively on advanced wireless communication standards such as GSM/GPRS, CDMA, TD-SCDMA, DECT, 2.4GHz, Bluetooth, and 802.11a/b/g. RTX Telecom is a highly focused company, solely dedicated to the development and design of advanced wireless communication products for the telecommunications, manufacturing and medical industries. RTX Telecom is presently targeting the VoIP market and will be introducing several products that will bring VoIP and mobility to the masses.

RTX Telecom has recently expanded its sales and marketing efforts in North America and established a wholly-owned subsidiary in San Jose, California, USA, under the name of RTX America Inc. The subsidiary, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, is part of the company's strategy of continuing to expand its sales and marketing activities and increasing the sales and customer focus of its efforts in the American market. RTX Telecom already has a number of established customer relationships in the USA.


Leslie Versweyveld

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