Data Critical and Mallinckrodt to partner for delivery of wireless telemedicine networks to hospitals

Redmond 03 March 1999 Data Critical Corporation, a Wireless Telemedicine hardware and software company, has recently signed a five-year agreement with the Nellcor Oximetry Business of Mallinckrodt Inc., a major provider of pulse oximetry monitoring devices. Under the terms of this contract, Data Critical is going to develop a suite of innovative wireless products for Mallinckrodt to distribute to health care facilities all over the world.

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Data Critical Corporation, a Wireless Telemedicine hardware and software company, has recently signed a five-year agreement with the Nellcor Oximetry Business of Mallinckrodt Inc., a major provider of pulse oximetry monitoring devices. Under the terms of this contract, Data Critical is going to develop a suite of innovative wireless products for Mallinckrodt to distribute to health care facilities all over the world.

For the Mallinckrodt brand, the partnership constitutes an fine opportunity to bring an enhanced but cost-effective level of care to patients monitored by the Nellcor brand oximetry and multi-parameter monitors which at present are not yet linked to a computer network. The virtual Wireless Telemedicine environment, as provided by Data Critical's innovative product line will give hospitals the ability to more closely monitor the patients' condition. This is particularly helpful in departments where a relatively few number of nurses has to take care of a fair amount of patients.

Currently, hospitals are desperately in search of cutting-edge technology for efficient solutions to maintain care standards. There is a general tendency to move higher acuity patients to care departments with lower costs. The products already designed earlier by Data Critical, such as the StatView and IMPACT alarm notification systems, as well as the MobileView remote access system perfectly meet modern hospital requirements. In addition, the new agreement will still broaden the spectrum of areas within the hospital, where Data Critical's Wireless Telemedicine can be applied.

Jeff Brown, who is president and chief executive officer of Data Critical, is convinced of the fact that the company's advanced patient care system will set a whole new standard for health care and enhance the potential of the various hospital departments in order to give qualitative and timely attention to patients. In turn, Doris Engibous, vice president of Mallinckrodt's Nellcor Oximetry Business, confirms that present-day managed care is driving the patient more quickly out of the Intensive Care Unit. The virtual Wireless Telemedicine networks will allow caregivers to safely monitor patients in the lower-cost departments of the hospital.

Recent scientific studies and medical literature demonstrate the rapid and eager adoption of telemedicine in health care delivery. Continuous dedicated research and software development have made the Data Critical Corporation a forerunner in this type of industry by providing caregivers with multiple hardware platforms and wireless solutions to meet the increasing demands of modern patient care. The Redmond-based company was founded in 1993 and has been specializing ever since in Wireless Telemedicine and computing solutions for hospitals.

Mallinckrodt Incorporated on the other hand is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and consists of three different health care product groups, which are Imaging, Pharmaceuticals and Respiratory. The Respiratory Group offers a comprehensive product line that focuses on the needs of respiratory and anaesthesiology patients. The company which is one of the world's premier health care businesses, operates in over 100 countries across the globe. The agreement with Data Critical stipulates development, release, and shipment of the first product to the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 1999.


Leslie Versweyveld

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