Telemedicine provider GlobalMedia Group joins the Polycom ARENA programme

Scottsdale 19 June 2007GlobalMedia Group, specialized in telemedicine solutions, has signed an agreement to join the Polycom ARENA partner programme to enable new vertical solutions on the Polycom unified collaboration platform. Polycom, an expert in unified collaboration communications, initiated the ARENA programme to allow software application providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with Polycom's industry leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications.


The CapSure Digital Imaging solution integrates easily within Polycom's unified collaboration platform enabling surgeons in an operating room to see in real-time as a pathologist makes the diagnosis of the removed and prepared surgical matter from the hospitals frozen section lab. Surgeons and pathologists see the dynamic microscopic images simultaneously allowing for immediate communication of proper surgical margins while capturing compatible still images with annotations for the hospitals Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.

"The CapSure solution from GlobalMedia exhibits great potential to be a complete pathology laboratory system. Taking photographs is easy and the potential to store the images with the patient reports on the laboratory computer system is exciting. The quality of the on-screen images is superb and the ability to zoom in and out on the live image without switching between objectives is another great feature that sets the system apart", stated Stephen W. Coons, M.D. Chief, Section of Neuropathology, Barrow Neurological Institute.

The unified collaboration market in the health care sector is a key growth segment. Various industry estimates put the health care spending as a percentage of the annual GDP to reach 25 percent in 2015. Hospitals around the world are investing heavily to improve productivity, speed up decision making, and lower cost by connecting surgeons and pathologists with remote labs and classrooms.

"Polycom and GlobalMedia are providing health care systems around the world with immediate viewing from a laboratory microscope of the prepared slide back to the operating room or even to another pathologist anywhere for a second opinion", stated Joel E. Barthelemy, CEO of GlobalMedia. "The Polycom ARENA programme has enabled GlobalMedia to offer its product through a knowledgeable and experienced channel while providing the customer with Polycom's global award-winning support."

"By extending the power of Polycom unified collaboration solution into health care industry, we are enabling hospitals to be more productive, efficient, and innovative", stated Mark Roberts, Vice President, Polycom ARENA partner programme. "Working with GlobalMedia we created a unique solution that meets a valuable application need in a key growth market for collaboration solutions."

Today, industry-leading unified collaboration solution providers are tapping into the power of the Polycom Ultimate HD platform to create greater customer value. The Polycom Ultimate HD platform delivers the only true life like user experience that is just like being there so making collaborative meetings much more productive for customers. Polycom ARENA, an ecosystem of partners, offers an opportunity to leverage a global brand and an industry-leading platform to innovate unified collaboration solutions and expand market share in key growth segments - Enterprise, Education, Federal and State government, Health Care, and Finance.

With the Polycom ARENA programme, Polycom is leveraging expertise across industry to drive innovation, growth, and rapid adoption of unified collaborative solutions. These solutions demonstrate how vendors are collaborating with Polycom and extending the industry-leading Polycom Ultimate HD unified collaboration platform to penetrate new market opportunities in Government, Education, Finance, Technology, Health Care, Manufacturing, and other growing vertical segments.

The CapSure solution is generally available today. GlobalMedia Group LLC, the world's innovation expert in precision visual communications, designs, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art imaging solutions that satisfy demands for unsurpassed quality, cost-effectiveness and flexibility. GlobalMedia exceeds even the most challenging requirements for clarity, accuracy, convenience and affordability. Commitment to these high standards drives GlobalMedia's leadership position in the medical technology arena, for which they proudly answer the needs of teleHealth with proven solutions that are delivered today.

Polycom ARENA is an ecosystem programme designed to expand the applications for Polycom's collaboration technology and accelerate the delivery of new solutions for customers in a variety of industries by enabling software applications providers, hardware device manufacturers, and conferencing solution providers to integrate their products with Polycom's industry-leading unified collaboration platform to create new applications.

Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners can develop, test and certify interoperability between their solutions and the Polycom platform of voice, video and content collaborative solutions. Customers benefit from the industry expertise of Polycom ARENA ecosystem partners who are building standards-based solutions that fully interoperate with the Polycom unified collaboration platform and installed base of video conferencing systems. More company news is available in the VMW October 2005 article Polycom's latest VSX video systems are now being customized for health care.

Leslie Versweyveld

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