IgeaCare and Orange Business Services combine capabilities to deliver end-to-end telemedicine solution

Paris 02 August 2007IgeaCare Systems Inc., an expert in health care applications, and Orange Business Services, the business communications arm for the France Telecom Group, will jointly deliver a suite of health care applications over a secure communications infrastructure throughout the United States and Canada to support the tele-homecare and telemedicine market. The companies are working together to enable health care providers to optimize the cost of home nursing with the right mix of technology and hands-on care.

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With its advanced intelligent solutions for disease and wellness management, IgeaCare is relying on Orange Business Services for fully managed private networks, data centre management, integration services and collaborative solutions. With the combined technologies, health care providers can now both monitor patients' health conditions at home and also reach colleagues, partners and customers with devices and applications they regularly use.

IgeaCare is focused on driving improvements in home health care delivery by reducing overall costs, increasing resource utilization and enabling improvements in patient outcomes across a wide range of illness, while seeking to delay the onset of disease in those with chronic conditions. Software-based telemedicine solutions provide an automated electronic record of care and track patient outcomes, making it possible for insurers/payers to implement Pay-for-Performance payment systems and integration of patient data into an Electronic Health Record.

"Unified communications will drive the next major advance in individual, team and organisational productivity in today's 24x7, always-connected and increasingly mobile work environment", stated Peter Tassiopoulos, president of IgeaCare. "Our software-based approach puts people at the centre of health care monitoring communications through a single identity across a secure network. We believe that Orange Business Services can provide the backbone of the most scalable and secure e-Health solution on the market today."

"By combining our unique strengths, IgeaCare and Orange Business Services will accelerate the delivery of unified health care monitoring and communications, delivering to our customers a higher-quality user experience, with greater reliability and lower total cost of ownership. That's where we can make a real difference", stated Hans van Eck-Casteels, head of e-Health in the Americas for Orange Business Services.

This software and communications-centric approach will provide an easy transition for health care providers, helping them to reduce the total cost of ownership, future proof their investments and enable the creation of new, innovative applications.

IgeaCare develops and manufactures state-of-the-art telephony based communication systems, with a focus on the health care sector. Its technology coupled with strategic partnerships, enables the company to increase productivity and quality of care by providing a complete communication solution, connecting staff, patients, attendants, maintenance and administration with each other in real time.

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world's major telecommunications operators with more than 161 million customers on five continents. In June 2006, as part of the France Telecom integrated operator strategy (NExT programme) to deliver simple, convergent products, Orange became the single brand for mobile, Internet and TV offers in France, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and in Spain, strengthening Orange's position as the number two mobile and Internet services brand in Europe. In addition, Orange Business Services, which operates in 220 countries or territories, became the new banner for business communications solutions and services.

France Telecom is listed on Euronext Paris Eurolist market and on the New York Stock Exchange. At March 31, 2007, the group had more than 100 million mobile customers, about 12,5 million internet customers and 48,5 million fixed line customers. In 2006, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 51,7 billion euros.


Leslie Versweyveld

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