Aerotel Medical Systems and Turkcell demonstrate advanced wireless telemedicine and telecare solutions at CeBIT Eurasia 2007

Istanbul 01 October 2007Aerotel Medical Systems, one of the world's major manufacturers of advanced telemedicine and remote monitoring solutions for telemedicine and telecare, and Turkcell, a mobile operator in Turkey, demonstrate Aerotel's advanced solutions at CeBIT Eurasia, held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2-7 October, 2007.

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Telemedicine, also known as telehealth, means using information and communications technologies for the delivery of health care services. Telemedicine reduces the unnecessary hospitalizations and reduces waiting lists for medical treatment with a significant saving factor on economical resources. This technology gives patients the ability to monitor the specific parameters of their conditions and then have the information sent directly to their physicians for management of their disease process via telephone, cellular or the Internet.

With wireless technologies playing a greater role in remote monitoring solutions, these innovative solutions enable mobile people to get assistance and care from anywhere at any time, save costs and travel time and reduce anxiety.

"By offering innovative mobile and wireless monitoring solutions we are enabling people on the move to get all the benefits of telemedicine and telecare technologies, enjoy their lives and save costs", explained David Rubin, Aerotel's CEO. "Aerotel's mobile solutions offer significant clinical and economical benefits for patients, families, physicians and administrators.

At CeBIT Eurasia the two companies will be demonstrating the following wireless telehealth and telecare solutions:

  • Wireless homecare hubs - Used for connecting multiple medical sensors in the home, for example blood pressure or electrocardiogram (ECG) for chronic care & disease management, transmitting the data to a remote medical call centre via any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone on the Turkcell network. These hubs offer the best "total cost of ownership" solution for home monitoring of medical parameters and provide the best means to monitor chronically ill patients.
  • Wireless ECG - A software-less solution that turns practically any Bluetooth enabled cellular phone into a medical data acquisition and transmission hub. It can connect to various home monitoring devices, such as Aerotel's HeartView Personal hand-held 12-lead ECG monitor via Bluetooth. The solution enables easy and effective transmission of clinical information to a remote monitoring centre for interpretation and immediate care.
  • HeartOne - An innovative, single lead, easy to use, ultra-compact ECG recorder/transmitter, HeartOne is unique in its portability and capability of maximizing patient mobility. It's so small that it easily fits into a pocket, making it readily available for use at any time and any place. Recorded results can be transmitted to the Heartline Receiving Station (HRS) from any standard telephone.
  • Medical Receiving Software - Aerotel offers a suite of remote receiving solutions for medical monitoring with powerful software tools, designed for health care service providers and monitoring call centres serving multiple home care and mobile care users in remote locations. These advanced monitoring solutions include Aerotel's web integration tool that enables secure remote access for patients or doctors to data stored in the patient database, from anywhere.
  • SKeeper personal safety phone - A wearable emergency alarm and cellular communicator device developed by Aerotel. SKeeper enables elderly people, children or lone workers to be in close contacts with their relatives or caregivers and get immediate help in case of need from a tele-assistance centre with 24x7 human responses. It enables two-way voice calls and text messages with an advanced alerting system for enhanced personal security.

Turkcell is a GSM operator in Turkey with 33,8 million postpaid and prepaid customers as of June 30, 2007 operating in a three player market with a market share of 58,2 percent as of June 30, 2007. In addition to high-quality wireless telephone services, Turkcell currently offers General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) countrywide and Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) in dense areas, which provide for both improved data and voice services. Turkcell provides roaming with 556 operators in 194 countries as of August 7, 2007.

Serving a large subscriber base in Turkey with its high-quality wireless telephone network, Turkcell reported US$2798 million net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2007 and US$4700 million net revenues for the year ended December 31, 2006 as per IFRS financial statements. Turkcell has interests in international GSM operations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Northern Cyprus and Ukraine. Turkcell has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE) since July 2000 and is the first and only NYSE listed company in Turkey. 51,00 percent of Turkcell's share capital is held by Turkcell Holding, 4,22 percent by Cukurova Group, 13,07 percent by Sonera Holding, 4,07 percent by M.V. Group and 0,01 percent by others while the remaining 27,63 percent is free float.

Aerotel Medical Systems is a world expert in cost-effective, high quality, user-friendly, medical diagnostic systems and devices for home care, eHealth and telemedicine. The company provides a complete disease management package including transtelephonic devices designed for a variety of remote diagnostic, emergency services and monitoring applications, hardware and software platforms for remote monitoring call centres, as well as phone and web-based monitoring software.

Aerotel enables patients to conduct tests comfortably while leading normal, mobile lives. With a client base in over 40 countries around the globe, Aerotel has been recently awarded the prestigious "Innovation and Growth Strategy Leadership of the Year Award 2007" by Frost & Sullivan. More company news can be found in the VMW May 2007 article Aerotel Medical Systems reveals innovative mobile monitoring solutions at Med-e-Tel 2007.


Leslie Versweyveld

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