CyberCare and Nortel to partner in international electronic tele-home care system

Boynton Beach 13 July 1999 Medical Industries of America (MIOA) has announced that the CyberCare company, currently in the process of being acquired by MIOA, and Nortel have signed an agreement to jointly monitor a complete, reliable home health/remote health system which enhances the accessibility and delivery of medical care at a lower overall cost. The new CyberCare System promises to significantly advance the health care delivery in North America and abroad.

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Medical Industries of America (MIOA) has announced that the CyberCare company, currently in the process of being acquired by MIOA, and Nortel have signed an agreement to jointly monitor a complete, reliable home health/remote health system which enhances the accessibility and delivery of medical care at a lower overall cost. The new CyberCare System promises to significantly advance the health care delivery in North America and abroad.

The e-Care system enables health care providers to see and talk with patients in their homes and access key health indicators like heart rate, blood pressure, blood-oxygen and blood-sugar levels. In addition to home care, other sectors of the health care field such as assisted living centres and nursing homes will likely benefit from this durable and network-friendly tele-health solution.

The CyberCare technology has originally been developed by Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology, in order to improve the management of chronic medical conditions through the application of low-cost tele-monitoring and video links in combination with a reduced need for on-site care. The integration of cost-efficient multi-media networking and human resources promotes wellness and medical stability. The minimized utilization of high cost in-hospital and emergency resources is a side benefit to the patient as the real user.

The product is geared to help keep people with chronic health problems as healthy as possible and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, according to Michael F. Morrell, chairman and chief executive officer of MIOA. Within the United States, approximately 30% of all health costs are spent on 1% of the population, 80% of which are chronically ill. In addition to the high marks received from patients, it obviously makes great business sense for Health Maintenance Organizations and other payers to use the MIOA solution, as stated by Mr. Morrell.

Based in Boynton Beach, Medical Industries Of America currently operates sleep centres, pain centres, physical occupational and speech therapy units, pharmaceutical services, as well as one of, if not the largest international air ambulance transport services in the world. To Nortel's Healthcare Solutions portfolio, the CyberCare system is a great complement. The service offers the health care customers a nice opportunity to further capitalize on the existing network investment by creating added value to the members and patients of their health care system, according to Robert Horne, vice president of Nortel Health care Solutions development.

This application requires the type of networking expertise for which Nortel is known, as explained by Dr. Max E. Strachura, director of Medical College of Georgia's Telemedicine Center. Nortel works with many customers all over the world to design, build and deliver telecommunications and IP-optimized networks. Customers include public and private enterprises and institutions; Internet service providers; local, long-distance, cable television carriers, PCS and cellular communications companies, and utilities.

Nortel's common shares have been listed on the London, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and New York stock exchanges. Nortel had 1997 revenues of US $15.5 billion. In turn, Bay Networks, that is a completely owned subsidiary of Nortel, had revenues of US $2.4 billion during its most recent fiscal year. The combined company's workforce totals approximately 80.000 employees worldwide.


Leslie Versweyveld

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