Sprint and Global Care Quest introduce mobile access to patient data

San Diego 13 February 2006Sprint and Global Care Quest Inc. have made a significant step in the health care industry, by announcing their agreement to offer the Integrated Clinical Information System Mobile (ICIS Mobile) solution to health care providers. This secure remote solution, available on select Sprint handheld devices and smart phones, delivers critical real-time patient information to intensivists - physicians specializing in the care of intensive care patients - both inside and outside the hospital.


With ICIS Mobile, a physician attending their son's soccer league game can respond instantly to emergencies by accessing complete patient data on their handheld device - delivering the right care, right away.

"Sprint is committed to improving the quality and safety of patient care by providing cutting edge wireless mobility solutions in health care and extending the workplace outside of hospitals, thus helping physicians address patient needs instantly", stated Bill Montgomery, director of health care for Sprint. "Our relationship with Global Care Quest represents the next generation of wireless medical communication. Sprint continues to work with key partners to address the multiple challenges faced by the health care industry."

Under this new agreement, ICIS Mobile will be available on select Sprint phones, including the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6700. In a typical hospital intensive care unit (ICU) setting physicians have to rely on multiple sources to retrieve patient information, which can be time consuming. With ICIS Mobile, physicians have instant access to comprehensive patient information, securely and remotely, on their handheld devices.

The Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) functionality, available on the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device PPC-6700, provides faster speeds to download data and leverage mobile applications, allowing physicians to respond instantly to emergencies from any location, anytime. Information is presented in a series of clinical windows that include diagnostic images, real-time vital signs, lab results, trend data, patient demographic data, live video feeds, clinical notes, rounding lists and remote bedside monitoring.

"Anytime access to real-time patient information is the key to high-quality and cost-effective patient care, and Global Care Quest is proud to work with Sprint, an industry leader in providing mobility solutions to the health care industry", stated Cleve Adams, CEO, Global Care Quest. "Our mobile solutions increase patient safety, improve physician mobility and work flow, and substantially reduce the time spent gathering patient information."

The Global Care Quest mobile solution integrates into a hospital's existing clinical information system through wireless networks, accessible on Pocket PC devices, as well as the standard MS Windows-based desktop and tablet computers. Using this mobile solution, physicians have the ability to remotely access and view the operation room and surgical video on their smart phones, thus enabling them to take control of their time, while being more responsive to the needs of their patients. Patient privacy is protected through use of authentication codes and data encryption that meets standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Sprint is showcasing new and emerging solutions for the health care industry in San Diego, California at the 2006 HIMSS Annual Conference. Solutions will 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, operational efficiency, cost management and regulatory compliance. Sprint has been offering voice and data services for more than 30 years and has a full data-services portfolio including business-continuity, wireless, wireline, and managed services. In addition, Sprint's strong portfolio of security products and services can also help health care organisations address Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HOPAA) security requirements.

Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering reliable, seamless and superior service to its customers and the United States' first nationwide-all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint was the first to offer generally available performance commitments for its business customers through nationwide wireless data Service Level Agreements (SLAs), a standard term in its business agreements. The SLAs provide performance metrics based on dropped data sessions, blocked data sessions and data network availability.

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. More Sprint news can be found in the VMW August 2004 article Sprint selects PatientKeeper mobile software platform for health care market.

Global Care Quest is the developer of the Integrated Clinical Information System (ICIS) which integrates digital medical records, bedside charting, vital signs monitors and laboratory results and delivers it in real-time to physicians via PCs, wireless networks, and mobile wireless devices. ICIS improves access to patient data, enhances patient safety, and trims the cost of care by delivering critical medical information when, where and how it is needed. Founded in 2005, the company is backed by Lexington Ventures and headquartered in Beverly Hills, California.

Leslie Versweyveld

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