Serves as the only wireless carrier to showcase the use of mobile health applications at the "mHealth Solutions and Policy Forum"
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2009--
Given the tough economic challenges today, most businesses including
hospitals are looking for cost-effective alternatives to run their
day-to-day operations while maintaining a high level of patient care.
Cost effective wireless technology - including mobile medical
applications that allow remote monitoring and access to critical patient
information - were key topics of discussion at the “mHealth
Solutions and Policy Forum,” hosted by CTIA-The Wireless
Association® in Washington D.C., earlier today. With more than 30 years
of supporting the healthcare industry, Sprint (NYSE:S) was the only
wireless carrier to showcase live demonstrations of innovative mobility
solutions available on its Now Network™.
“With the power of our Now Network, we are helping physicians to get the
job done wherever their rounds take them,” said Ed Davalos, director of
healthcare industry solutions at Sprint. “In the past few years, Sprint
has seen a significant growth in the adoption of mobility solutions by
healthcare providers with a growing interest among hospitals and
caregivers for adopting Sprint solutions including Nextel Direct
Connect®, Sprint Mobile Broadband and Converged Network Solutions (CNS).
Today’s positive discussion re-emphasized this growing trend and
illustrates how technology is reshaping the healthcare system in the
U.S. and across the world.”
Sprint showcased live demonstrations of mobile health applications,
including the REDFLY Mobile Companion, a two-pound device that serves as
a smartphone terminal and extends all information from the smartphone to
the big screen and keyboard, allowing physicians to use their
smartphones like a laptop; mVisum, a mobile application that allows
physicians to securely receive, view and respond to patient data
recorded at the point of care on their smartphones; and Creative
inPerson, high-quality video conferencing that allows personal channels
of communications between healthcare providers and patients. These
applications, powered by Sprint’s Now Network and robust device
portfolio, allow physicians to view clinical results, capture billing
codes, examine radiology images and transmit electronic prescriptions
directly to pharmacies on the go.
Dr. Michael Suk, director of the orthopedic trauma service at the
University of Florida, Shands Medical Center at Jacksonville, FL
believes that instant, continuous and reliable wireless communications
is key to high-quality patient care within hospitals. “Information that
was previously available only within the walls of hospitals can now be
viewed remotely, in real-time on Sprint smartphones, saving critical
minutes in life-threatening situations and enabling caregivers to
function more effectively and efficiently,” said Dr. Suk.
In an unpublished medical research study, Dr. Suk documents the benefits
of using Nextel Direct Connect technology over traditional pagers. The
results indicate that the use of Nextel Direct Connect increased the
efficiency of day-to-day acute and sub-acute patient care in the trauma
Speakers at this forum included notable medical and policy experts,
including U.S. Representative and Member of the 21st Century
Health Care Caucus Adam Smith (D-WA-9); Chief Medical Officer of the
West Wireless Health Institute and Chief Academic Officer for Scripps
Health Eric Topol, M.D. and White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy Fellow Dan Fletcher, PhD.
Sprint provides communication solutions that help healthcare providers
balance patient care, operational efficiency, cost management and
regulatory compliance. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/healthcare.
Sprint serves its business customers through its newly formed Business
Markets Group (BMG). Composed of more than 4,000 sales, support,
marketing and operations personnel, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely to
enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers
wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the
nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities
that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national
push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of
devices and applications. For more information on Sprint business
solutions, visit www.sprint.com/business
or contact your Sprint account team.
*”Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the
50 most populous markets, January 2008 – February 2009. Not all
services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network
when 3G unavailable.
**“Fastest” based on initial call set-up time.
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 is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving more than 49 million customers at the end
of the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
Sukhi Sahni, 703-592-7779