Card Guard AG and Samsung Telecommunications in strategic alliance to
offer suite of wireless healthcare monitors on pocket PC phones
14 March 2005
NEW ORLEANS. Card Guard AG and Samsung Telecommunications America
(Samsung) today announced a strategic alliance to offer Card Guard's PMP4
suite of wireless healthcare monitors on Samsung's Microsoft(R) Windows
Mobile(TM)-based Pocket PC Phones. Samsung's Mobile Intelligent Terminals
(MITs), such as the i700, coupled with Card Guard's wireless healthcare
monitors, can offer patients and healthcare practitioners the ability to
monitor vitals such as blood pressure and blood glucose level remotely.
The strategic alliance between the two companies expands Card Guard's
presence in the U.S. patient monitoring market and extends Samsung's
leadership in providing handheld applications to the healthcare sector. In
2004, Samsung announced the availability of wireless content and diagnostic
resources such as drug references and clinical journals for physicians and
medical residents via their handheld devices.
"Card Guard is setting the standard for advanced wireless medical
technologies and monitoring services, and we're pleased to offer their
solution on our award-winning devices," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice
president of Samsung's wireless terminals division. "For rural-area
residents or those with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, wireless
patient monitoring can help in the ongoing assessment of their vitals to
ensure they remain healthy and visit the doctor when necessary."
Industry analysts predict that as the baby boomer generation — Americans
born between 1946 and 1964 — ages and the incidence of diabetes, obesity and
hypertension rises, remote care applications will be an essential component
in the future of patient care.
Card Guard's PMP4 suite of solutions measure and transmit medical data via a
Bluetooth wireless technology card inserted into an SD I/O slot of a
handheld device, which can then upload this information to a dedicated Web-
based medical center. The online medical center provides secure, private
data protection, and a user-friendly interface that can be accessed by
physicians and patients. The PMP4 suite of wireless peripherals include an
ECG heart monitor, lung function Spirometer, Pulse Oximeter, blood pressure
devices, and an SD I/O blood glucose monitor, which can be used in
Samsung's i700 device.
"Our alliance with Samsung Telecommunications America is an exciting
achievement for Card Guard. The PMP4 wireless healthcare applications
together with Samsung's mobile phones will facilitate the timely capture,
storage and transmission of medical data for both the chronically ill and
the wellness community," said Yacov Geva, chairman of the board and chief
executive officer of Card Guard. "Empowering people to monitor their health
will ultimately lead to improved clinical outcomes and quality of life."
Samsung and Card Guard will be showcasing the i700 with the Card Guard
wireless monitors in booths #1045 and #1265, Hall B1 at the CTIA Wireless
2005 trade show this week.
Source: Card Guard and Samsung Telecommunications America