SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent launch LifeStat Remote Monitoring and Health Management enabling effective management of chronic illnesses

Paris 10 July 2008SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent have launched LifeStat Remote Monitoring and Health Management, a service that records and transmits daily blood glucose and blood pressure readings, automatically creating confidential, easy-to-use reports that can be viewed on-line by the client, their caregivers, and the client's health care professionals. The ongoing development and support of the LifeStat platform and applications will be managed by SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent through their Salveo project, which is based in Saskatchewan.

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The Salveo project is funded by SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent with the primary objective of becoming a world expert in health and wellness telemonitoring software applications. A key focus of the Salveo project is the development of applications that will help keep people healthier and save costs in the health care system.

"LifeStat is a tremendous success story for SaskTel, Alcatel-Lucent and the Province of Saskatchewan", stated Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Crown Corporations for the Province of Saskatchewan. "Not only will LifeStat result in healthier people globally, it has created 20 new technical and professional positions in this province."

"The LifeStat technology may hold the key to a new paradigm of diabetes and chronic illness management in primary care. We are looking forward to using this technology to introduce standard clinical diabetes management in the patient's home with the help of the Home and Community Care team and the patient's family physician", stated Dr. Sheldon Tobe, Sunnybrook Hospital Ontario.

SaskTel will market and sell the LifeStat service directly to consumers and health care providers in Canada, while Alcatel-Lucent will market and actively sell the Salveo platform to its global customers outside of Canada under the name Alcatel-Lucent Health and Wellness Application.

"We're very excited to provide patients and caregivers with a powerful tool to aid in the effective management of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension", stated Robert Watson, SaskTel President and CEO. Future LifeStat applications will include monitoring and reporting for chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma.

"Alcatel-Lucent healthcare solutions help empower providers and improve patient care. With the launch of LifeStat and the grand opening of Salveo, SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent are leveraging our combined expertise to deliver the next wave of innovative global telehealth solutions", stated Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent Canada. "Interest has been strong, particularly due to the unlimited mobility and low cost per patient of the Salveo solution."

Salveo is a SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent project focused on the development of advanced health and wellness telemonitoring software applications to address global market needs. Through the Salveo project, SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent develop applications that integrate, enhance, and enable the convergence of personal data in the health, wellness and lifestyles arena. In Canada, SaskTel markets and sells the platform via its LifeStat Remote Monitoring and Health Management service directly to consumers and health care regions. Internationally, Alcatel-Lucent markets and actively sells under the name Alcatel-Lucent Health and Wellness Application to its global enterprise customers in the utilities and health care verticals.

Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is a service communications provider in Saskatchewan, offering competitive voice, data, dial-up and high speed internet, entertainment and multimedia services, security, web hosting, text and messaging services, and cellular and wireless data services over its digital networks. The corporation also provides security monitoring services through SecurTek, directory services through DirectWest, in-room communications services to the health care sector through Hospitality Network, telecommunications consulting and software solutions through SaskTel International and an out-of-province sales and service channel in Alberta and British Columbia. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 5200 full-time, part-time and temporary employees.

Alcatel-Lucent provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprise and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As an expert in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move. With operations in more than 130 countries, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The company has the most experienced global services team in the industry, and one of the largest research, technology and innovation organisations in the telecommunications industry. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of 17,8 billion euro in 2007 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. More company news is available in the VMW July 2007 article Alcatel-Lucent and Sabia Bioingenier??a develop joint health care solution.


Leslie Versweyveld

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