Aerotel Medical Systems and T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde sign agreement for distribution of advanced telehealth and telecare solutions in Portugal

Holon 21 November 2007Aerotel Medical Systems, a manufacturer of advanced telemedicine and remote monitoring solutions, and T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde SA, an emerging telehealth and telecare service provider in Portugal, have signed an agreement to distribute Aerotel's advanced remote monitoring products and related software in Portugal.

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The agreement with Aerotel enables T-Care to provide its clients with the most advanced range of telemedicine and home care services, including tele-assistance and tele-cardiology. With these innovative solutions, health care organisations such as hospitals, private and public health care institutions can now offer their patients a simple and efficient means to monitor the state of their health. T-Care has established a modern remote monitoring call centre in the city of Vila Real, in the North of Portugal with Aerotel's technical assistance.

"The agreement with Aerotel is important since it gives us immediate access to state of the art technologies, which are essential for our services and enable us to offer a wide range of remote monitoring services", stated the T-Care Management Board.

"Telemedicine is a growing market on a global basis and in Portugal we see a fast growing market", stated David Rubin, President and CEO of Aerotel Medical Systems. "Having T-Care as a business partner will allow us both to develop advanced solutions for the growing Portuguese market and to capitalize on the opportunities at hand."

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.

"Thanks to telemedicine technology chronically ill patients now have access to advanced health care services and are offered the possibility to be monitored without leaving the comfort of their home or while traveling, and still follow a tight treatment protocol that results in the benefit of their quality of life", stated David Rubin.

The Aerotel-T-Care agreement covers a range of advanced telemedicine and telehealth solutions, including:

  • TCareCuidados:
    • Medi-CliniQ - Aerotel's multi-patient data communication hub and acquisition centre intended for use in public places such as community clinics, assisted living, pharmacies, etc. It is used for the transmission of up to various clinical values to a medical centre over the Internet. Values may include electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure, pulse oximeter, blood glucose level, weight, etc.
    • Homecare data communication hubs - Used for connecting multiple medical sensors in the home for chronic care and disease management, transmitting the data to a medical call centre via regular phone lines (Tele-Modem) or over the Internet (Connect-LAN). 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.
  • TCareCoração:
    • HeartView - The market's smallest professional 12-lead ECG Transtelephonic Recorder/Transmitter. A user-friendly device, HeartView enables the transmission of comprehensive ECG data from any place and at any time, over the phone through to the Aerotel's Heartline Receiving Station for immediate diagnosis.
    • 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.
    • Cardiac Loop Event Recorders - Aerotel's user-friendly loop event recorders (1 or 2 lead models) are used for accurate documenting of transient cardiac symptoms, enabling long-term transtelephonic monitoring of cardiac activity.
    • Call Center Receiving Solutions - 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. State-of-the-art solutions, these software programmes can optimize disease management programmes by allowing health care providers to review and share relevant patient information from anywhere. They also help health care providers achieve and maintain long-lasting relationships with their patients and save significant costs.
  • TCareALERTA:
    • SKeeper - Personal Safety Alarm Phone - SKeeper is a wearable safety 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 response.

T-Care Conhecimento e Saúde SA is a start-up in the Portuguese market, pioneer in telehealth, tele-assistant and Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS). It combines know how in medicine, technology and telecommunications, and human resources with large experienced skills in those three areas. The company provides a service call centre available 24h/7 days week, with an exclusive health professional attendance. Among their customers are to be found local government institutions, national and regional health care services, and prestigious groups in elderly care and retirement/nursing homes area. T-Care supports post-graduations studies in public health and community support with ESEVR - Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Vila Real/Public Nursing School.

Aerotel Medical Systems is a recognized world leader 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 is available in the VMW October 2007 article Aerotel Medical Systems and Turkcell demonstrate advanced wireless telemedicine and telecare solutions at CeBIT Eurasia 2007.


Leslie Versweyveld

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