February 13, 2006
Sprint and Global Care Quest Introduce Mobile Access to Patient Data
First-to-market wireless solution to provide intensive care physicians with secure, integrated access to complete medical records - anytime, anywhere.
San Diego, Calif. — 02/13/2006
Sprint (NYSE: S) and Global Care Quest Inc. today made a significant step in the healthcare industry, by announcing their agreement to offer the Integrated Clinical Information System Mobile (ICIS Mobile) solution to healthcare providers. This secure remote solution, available on select Sprint handheld devices and smart phones, delivers critical real-time patient information to intensivists - physicians specializing in the care of intensive care patients - both inside and outside the hospital.
With ICIS Mobile, a physician attending their son's soccer league game can respond instantly to emergencies by accessing complete patient data on their handheld device - delivering the right care, right away.
"Sprint is committed to improving the quality and safety of patient care by providing cutting edge wireless mobility solutions in healthcare and extending the workplace outside of hospitals, thus helping physicians address patient needs instantly," said Bill Montgomery, director of healthcare for Sprint. "Our relationship with Global Care Quest represents the next generation of wireless medical communication. Sprint continues to work with key partners to address the multiple challenges faced by the healthcare industry."
Under this new agreement, ICIS Mobile will be available on select Sprint phones, including the Sprint PCS VisionSM Smart Device PPC-6700. In a typical hospital intensive care unit (ICU) setting physicians have to rely on multiple sources to retrieve patient information, which can be time consuming. With ICIS Mobile, physicians have instant access to comprehensive patient information, securely and remotely, on their handheld devices.
The Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) functionality, available on the Sprint PCS VisionSM Smart Device PPC-6700, provides faster speeds to download data and leverage mobile applications, allowing physicians to respond instantly to emergencies from any location, anytime. Information is presented in a series of clinical windows that include diagnostic images, real-time vital signs, lab results, trend data, patient demographic data, live video feeds, clinical notes, rounding lists and remote bedside monitoring.
"Anytime access to real-time patient information is the key to high-quality and cost-effective patient care, and Global Care Quest is proud to work with Sprint, an industry leader in providing mobility solutions to the healthcare industry," said Cleve Adams, CEO, Global Care Quest. "Our mobile solutions increase patient safety, improve physician mobility and workflow, and substantially reduce the time spent gathering patient information."
The Global Care Quest mobile solution integrates into a hospital's existing clinical information system through wireless networks, accessible on Pocket PC devices, as well as the standard MS Windows-based desktop and tablet computers. Using this mobile solution, physicians have the ability to remotely access and view the operation room and surgical video on their smart phones, thus enabling them to take control of their time, while being more responsive to the needs of their patients. Patient privacy is protected through use of authentication codes and data encryption that meets standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Sprint is showcasing new and emerging solutions for the healthcare industry in San Diego, CA, Feb 12-16, at the 2006 HIMSS Annual Conference, booth number 5301. Solutions will showcase how physicians can mobilize various applications on wireless handheld devices in order to access and capture information at the point of care.
Sprint is dedicated to providing integrated communication solutions that help healthcare providers balance patient care, operational efficiency, cost management and regulatory compliance. Sprint has been offering voice and data services for more than 30 years and has a full data-services portfolio including business-continuity, wireless, wireline, and managed services. In addition, Sprint's strong portfolio of security products and services can also help healthcare organizations address HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security requirements. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/healthcare
Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering reliable, seamless and superior service to its customers and the United States' first nationwide-all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint was the first to offer generally available performance commitments for its business customers through nationwide wireless data Service Level Agreements (SLAs), a standard term in our business agreements. The SLAs provide performance metrics based on dropped data sessions, blocked data sessions and data network availability.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of communications services bringing mobility to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
About Global Care Quest
Global Care Quest is the developer of the Integrated Clinical Information System (ICIS) which integrates digital medical records, bedside charting, vital signs monitors and laboratory results and delivers it in real-time to physicians via PCs, wireless networks, and mobile wireless devices. ICIS improves access to patient data, enhances patient safety, and trims the cost of care by delivering critical medical information when, where and how it is needed. Founded in 2005, the company is backed by Lexington Ventures and headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. For more information on Global Care Quest and ICIS, please contact Global Care Quest, 9350 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 314 Beverly Hills, California 90212-3206, tel: 310-271-4517, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the GCQ website at www.globalcarequest.com.