Friday, March 28, 2008

Utilizing Retasure for Retinal Imaging Assessment

Digital Healthcare Announces DiabetesAmerica to Utilize Retasure for Retinal Imaging Assessment

Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in sight-saving retinal risk assessment, announced today that DiabetesAmerica, a group of comprehensive diabetes management Health Centers based in Houston, Texas has selected the Retasure solution to provide retinal imaging risk assessment. DiabetesAmerica specializes in helping individuals live with diabetes. Their medical professionals promote wellness through a variety of personalized treatment and educational programs--from medical treatment to diabetes education, nutritional counseling, exercise programs and lifestyle instruction.

Wake Forest, NC  -  March 25, 2008 -- Digital Healthcare, a Wake Forest, NC company specializing in sight-saving retinal risk assessment, announced today that DiabetesAmerica, a group of comprehensive diabetes management Health Centers based in Houston, Texas has selected the Retasure solution to provide retinal imaging risk assessment.

DiabetesAmerica specializes in helping individuals live with diabetes. Their medical professionals promote wellness through a variety of personalized treatment and educational programs--from medical treatment to diabetes education, nutritional counseling, exercise programs and lifestyle instruction. Five of their physicians have been recognized nationally by the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing outstanding diabetes care to their patients. DiabetesAmerica currently has health centers in Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi and San Antonio, and will be adding additional facilities across Texas and in other states in 2008.

"We are proud to have DiabetesAmerica as our latest client," said Scott Sanner, Senior Vice President, North American Operations of Digital Healthcare. "They are an organization that prides itself on providing comprehensive services to their patients. Our Retasure solution addresses an unmet need for their patients and is an excellent compliment to their patient-focused mission."

"Our focus is to provide our patients the tools needed to self-manage their diabetes and become healthier and more independent," said Wendy Hawkins, MD, Director of Clinical Affairs for DiabetesAmerica. "Diabetics have a high risk for diabetic retinopathy and blindness and the Retasure solution will increase our ability to assess our patients' total health."

The FDA-approved and HEDIS compliant Retasure program provides a simple, affordable, and non-invasive solution that allows physicians to capture their patients' retinal images during a three to five minute procedure without eye dilation. Images are transmitted over a secure, HIPAA compliant network to an accredited reading center. A state-licensed and board certified ophthalmologist reviews the images and results are returned to the original physician within 72 hours. The simplicity of the assessment process is unique in the market and addresses a previously un-met need for one of the nation's largest public health issues.

There are an estimated 21 million diabetic patients in the US, but only about half have any retinal assessments, despite a high risk of diabetic retinopathy. The National Eye Institute indicates diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age American adults. More than a million patients worldwide have received a retinal risk assessment using Digital Healthcare software.

About Digital Healthcare
Digital Healthcare is the global leader in retinal risk assessment. They are the world's leading provider of care management programs for diabetic retinopathy. Their award-winning MS-HUG technology is used by leading hospitals and research centers including University Hospitals Case Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University, The Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University and the United States Military. Digital Healthcare's Retasure solution offers several advantages for primary care and endocrinologist physicians and their patients: It can be operated by non-clinicians; it is non-invasive and requires no dilation; it obtains exceptionally high-quality digital images of the retina using a simple-to-operate fundus camera; it returns results quickly to the ordering physicians; and it encourages patient compliance for retinal evaluation and comprehensive eye examinations. For more information, visit www.retasure.com.

Press Contact: Scott Sanner
Company Name: Digital Healthcare
Phone: 919-554-9650
Website:
www.retasure.com

Monday, March 24, 2008

One Million Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensors Sold

Medtronic Announces Sales Milestone of One Million Continuous Glucose Monitoring Sensors Worldwide

Milestone highlights the growth and increasing adoption of continuous glucose monitoring

MINNEAPOLIS- March 24, 2008 -Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced today that it has reached the milestone of more than one million sensors for its continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products manufactured and sold. The recipient of the milestone one millionth sensor was Tim Parker of San Jose, Calif. Parker, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 11 years ago, has used CGM therapy for two years to help him manage his diabetes.

"Today we salute Tim, thousands of patients like him and all of the Medtronic employees who have contributed to the success of our CGM technology," said Chris O'Connell, president of the Diabetes business at Medtronic. "Medtronic pioneered CGM 10 years ago, and this important milestone demonstrates our momentum and clear industry leadership in the exciting new field of continuous glucose monitoring."

Parker relies on his ParadigmT REAL-Time System, and says it is fundamental to managing his diabetes effectively. Prior to adopting integrated insulin pump and CGM therapy, Parker - like many people with diabetes - experienced unexplained blood glucose excursions that worried him. "I would go to bed with my blood glucose levels at 110 and wake up at 220. What could be happening to my body while I was asleep?" said Parker. Motivated to keep his blood glucose in check, he began researching options and learned about Medtronic's CGM products on the Internet.

After receiving a prescription from his physician, Parker quickly experienced the value of having an integrated approach to his diabetes.

"When I first started using CGM, I was amazed at all the information I had at my fingertips. I could see how food, exercise and sleep affected my blood glucose levels day and night, which is something I wasn't able to do before," he recalled. "CGM gives me powerful information that allows me to take the right steps to better manage my diabetes, and provides alarms to help me avoid dangerous lows that I often cannot detect on my own."

As the pioneer in glucose sensing technology, Medtronic has more than a decade of CGM experience, and is leading the technology revolution in diabetes care by providing patients with new levels of protection, confidence and freedom in managing their diabetes.

The Paradigm REAL-Time Insulin Pump and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System is the world's first insulin pump with REAL-Time continuous glucose monitoring. The Paradigm REAL-Time System has all of the benefits of CGM plus the added value of precise insulin delivery through the use of insulin pump therapy. The GuardianT REAL-Time System is a stand-alone CGM device without insulin delivery. Both devices are available for adult patients as well as children ages seven to 17.

The Paradigm REAL-Time System relays glucose readings every five minutes from a glucose sensor to the insulin pump, which displays up to 288 readings a day - nearly 100 times more information than three daily fingersticks. Glucose measurements obtained by the sensor are relayed every five minutes and displayed in three-hour and 24-hour trend graphs, as well as arrows to indicate how quickly glucose is moving up or down.

To celebrate Parker's receipt of the one millionth glucose sensor, he will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Medtronic's Diabetes facility located in Northridge, Calif., where he will tour the facility, meet the senior management and engineering teams and see the glucose sensor manufacturing process.

Diabetes Statistics

According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 21 million Americans (seven percent of the population) have the disease. Diabetes affects children and adults, costing the United States more than $174 billion in direct and indirect healthcare expenditures.

About The Diabetes Business at Medtronic

The Diabetes division at Medtronic (www.medtronicdiabetes.com) is the world leader in advanced diabetes management solutions, including integrated diabetes management systems, insulin pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring systems and therapy management software.

About Medtronic

Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology, alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 27, 2007. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.

Contacts

Medtronic, Inc.
Steve Sabicer, 818-576-4826
Public Relations
or
Jeff Warren, 763-505-2696
Investor Relations

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Phone Calling Card Rates Under 1 Cent Per Minute!

New International Phone Cards are cheap and reliable. We've been using 3 different phone cards from Big-Zoo.us for about 3 years now. The service and features have be great and I never think about how much it's costing me to call a client or a tech support line. On hold for 15 minutes? Well that's still annoying, but at least I don't have to pay $5-$10 anymore. My calling rates for domestic US calls are about 3 cents a minute I think, and they have cards now that are as low as 1 cent a minute. Often if you put $20 or more in a card you get a discount so your cost is even lower. http://www.big-zoo.us/
 
We just started using the Champion phone card because it includes a free 800-Number that I can use for my business. Non-US companies can get one of these cards, program it to call their office, and just like that they have a Toll Free Number in the US to give their customers. Calling rates vary by country, but most are very low compared to other services. Don't let the way they display prices fool you. When you see a cost of 0.90 ยข/min, it looks like 90 cents, but it's real .9 cent, or less than one cent per minute. Yeah, that's cheap!
 

 
You don't have a cell phone or mobile phone, but you want one. Well now's the time because they are cheaper and better than ever. Check out http://www.cellphones-resource.info/ and find a great deal.
 
I can't believe that email has to suck so bad because of spam! Why can't something be done to keep spammers out and still have email be useful and easy to use? Controlled Access Email thinks they may have the answer...!
 
Domainers are controlling more and more domain names everyday. Is there anything that can be done and are we running out of domain names? Do we need something better than what ICANN offers today?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Memory Care Community Monitors Location Of Residents

Premier Assisted Living Memory Care Community Uses Solution from Intelligent InSites to Set New Standard in Resident Care and Safety

Real-Time Location Solution Enables Holistic Approach to Care

St. Paul, MN - February 12, 2008 - Pioneering new uses of technology to enhance resident care and service, The Alton Memory Care and Care Suites in St. Paul, Minnesota, today announced it will begin using healthcare's leading real-time location solution from Intelligent InSites when they open their new community next month.

"Our goal is to extend beyond the traditional type of care provided in assisted living and memory care facilities," explains Kim Webster, Director of Senior Care for The Alton. "We have embraced a holistic approach that includes not only excellent healthcare services, but also promotes a higher quality of care through increased resident independence, more staff-resident interaction, and more involvement with the family. We believe technology can play a key role in this. We selected the Intelligent InSites solution because it positively impacts how we provide care and service in so many ways."

The Intelligent InSites solution is a real-time location and communication system that uses small pendants to monitor the location of residents and staff within the community. Each pendant includes a button the residents or staff press should they need assistance. The system includes configurable rules that enable alerts to be routed and, if necessary, automatically escalated to notify the appropriate staff member via their mobile PDA. The tags will also be used for locating equipment within the community.

In addition to location, The Alton will utilize the flexible solution for a variety of other purposes as well, including wireless resident call, wander monitoring, security and access control, mobile alerting, and as their primary staff communication system. The system has also been integrated with their clinical and billing software, Residex, which will enable staff to access a resident's medical information and care plan anywhere in the community with just a few taps on their PDA.

"We love how integrated and expandable the system is. That was a key consideration in making this choice," added Webster. "Our staff can instantly receive resident calls, look up a resident's allergies, communicate with another staff member, and locate a needed piece of equipment via their PDA. It allows a higher level of productivity, which means more time with our residents."

The Alton staff feels that families are an integral part of the team in providing high quality care and service. Information regarding response times to resident calls, activities attended, staff-resident contact time, and the residents' general mobility will be automatically monitored by the Intelligent InSites system. The information can, as appropriate, be shared with families so they can see the types of activities and level of attention their family member is receiving.

"The Alton is a perfect example of how assisted living/memory care and other healthcare organizations are leveraging technology in innovative ways to transform the way care is provided to their residents and patients, while at the same time increasing productivity of their staff," states Mark Rheault, CEO of Intelligent InSites. "We're excited to play a key part in making their vision a reality."

About The Alton Memory Care and Care Suites
Located adjacent to the Wellington Assisted Living in St. Paul's Highland Park area, The Alton Memory Care and Care Suites is designed to provide a person-centered, caring, homelike living environment for the specialized needs and services for residents with memory loss.

Locally owned and operated by Stuart Management Corporation, The Alton is registered with the State of Minnesota as a Housing with Services provider, licensed as a Class F homecare provider, and is an active member of the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance. For more information, visit www.TheAlton.com

About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites is a leading provider of enterprise visibility solutions for the healthcare market. The InSites Enterprise Visibility PlatformT improves operational performance by providing healthcare organizations with a single system capable of locating patients, staff, equipment, and inventory via information derived through a variety of wireless locating technologies. The information is then leveraged to streamline and automate patient flow, asset management, and inventory management activities, resulting in increased productivity and efficient deployment of resources.

The platform serves as the core of the enterprise visibility strategy for Intelligent InSites' healthcare clients by enabling the seamless integration of real-time location data with their existing IT systems, communication systems, building systems, and mobile devices. The platform also allows customers and integrators to customize and enhance the system to suit their unique requirements and environment. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com


Contact Information
Houston Klassen
Intelligent InSites
701-499-3611
press@IntelligentInsites.com


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