SAN ANTONIO & OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 19, 2010 - Mobile medical software development pioneer AirStrip Technologies is collaborating with Sprint (NYSE: S) to deliver robust and cost-effective technological benefits for medical professionals.
The Airstrip OB application on HTC EVO 4G delivers vital patient waveform data - including fetal heartbeat and maternal contraction patterns - in virtual real-time directly to a doctor’s mobile device. (Photo: Business Wire)
AirStrip Technologies has developed one-of-a-kind remote patient monitoring applications that deliver real-time vital waveform and other critical patient data directly from hospital monitoring systems to mobile devices to enable healthcare providers to continually monitor vital signs from virtually wherever they are. AirStrip applications now are available on Sprint smartphones, like the HTC EVO™ 4G and soon the Samsung Epic™ 4G. The applications are HIPAA compliant and FDA cleared.
The companies are collaborating for a cost-effective, bundled offer that includes Sprint’s clinical grade in-building coverage enhancement and AirStrip services for hospitals that agree to expand or extend an enterprise commitment to the Sprint network for more of their employees.
“We want every physician and patient in the United States to have immediate access to the innovative safety benefits offered by AirStrip’s revolutionary technology,” said Dr. Cameron Powell, President and Chief Medical Officer, AirStrip. “We also understand the financial challenges many hospitals face. This partnership enables hospitals to accelerate their adoption of AirStrip in a cost-effective manner, while also ensuring the robust in-building coverage to meet the growing data mobility demands of hospital staff and medical practitioners.”
Dr. Powell stressed that any hospitals that capitalize on the Sprint/AirStrip partnership will not have to require their physicians to use any particular device or service carrier. However the blazing-fast speeds of Sprint 4G offer robust features and real-time data transmissions that are not necessarily available over a 3G network.
In the past, providing physicians with mobile access to medical information has created concerns that the data being viewed on laptops or hand-held devices could be easily copied, putting security and patient confidentiality at risk. With AirStrip, the data is not stored on the device; it remains “in the cloud.” So if an HTC EVO 4G or hand-held device is lost or stolen, the patient records and data remain safe.
“We’re excited to join forces with AirStrip, which provides powerful healthcare technology that improves patient safety and taps into the speed and reliability of Sprint’s 4G network,” said Tim Donahue, vice president of industry solutions, Sprint. “AirStrip can be quickly deployed, is easy to use and offers medical professionals the ability to access up-to-the-second medical data from virtually anywhere, anytime – and the Sprint network is a vital enabler.”
Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to launch a 4G network, with download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.* Sprint’s 4G network has been serving customers since 2008 and is available today to customers in 55 markets in cities like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Seattle.
Dr. Powell said Sprint’s 4G network will also allow AirStrip to add features to its remote patient monitoring solutions.
“With this collaboration, our groundbreaking AirStrip solutions can now offer more features that medical professionals have been asking for,” Dr. Powell noted. “The speed of an enterprise-wide hospital rollout has sometimes been limited to a certain extent to factors beyond our control, including fiscal concerns, along with network speeds and reliability. This partnership opens up a world of new possibilities.”
The world’s first 3G/4G Android™ handset, exclusively from Sprint, HTC EVO 4G, built on the Android platform, includes a blazing-fast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the award-winning HTC Sense™ user experience, a large, vibrant 4.3 inch display, an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
The Samsung Epic 4G is a Galaxy S smartphone and is part of a new breed of Samsung smartphones offering the very best in screen, speed and content quality on Samsung’s industry-leading 4 inch Super AMOLED touch-screen display. Samsung Epic 4G’s user interface also supports a series of advanced touch-screen gestures and provides HD-like video in the palm of your hand; accessory cable available separately.
Contact your AirStrip or Sprint Business Associate for more details.
About AirStrip Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, AirStrip Technologies is a pioneer in mobile medical software applications designed to work across any platform to improve patient safety and reduce risk in the healthcare setting. AirStrip Technologies engages, consults and employs leading technology and medical experts to ensure their products are the best in the industry. The core technology team is committed to bringing best-of-breed products to the market that enhance the ability of physicians and healthcare professionals to perform their work on a daily basis with the added assurances that their patients are being provided the best care available. Visit www.airstriptech.com for more information.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
* “Up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in more than 50 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.
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