For further information, contact:
Martha LeVasseur, Director of Marketing, +1 910-395-6100
Shari Worthington, PR Counsel, +1 508-755-5242
Informed Care Adds Motion Media Technology's CareStation Videophone
to Web-Based Disease Management Service
Interactive service will deploy 1000 videophones to help patients with chronic
illnesses more effectively manage their conditions
Wilmington, NC (November 5, 2001) - Motion Media Technology, a world
leader in video telephony products for the healthcare, business, and mass markets,
today announced that the company has partnered with Informed Care, Inc. to enhance
the delivery of disease management services for patients suffering from chronic
illnesses. According to the agreement, Informed Care will use the Motion Media
Technology CareStation 125 videophone as an integral part of the ICARE
Management System, helping patients suffering from diabetes, HIV/AIDS, or tuberculosis
manage their conditions more effectively. Initially, Informed Care will deploy
1000 CareStation units to help qualified nurse case managers and their physicians
keep in touch with patients.
"Disease management is only effective when a relationship has developed
between the patient and the caregiver," said Michael Kerouac, President
and CEO of Informed Care. "The relationship is highly dependent on the
quality of interaction between participants. Motion Media Technology's CareStation
is a great fit for disease management as the videophones provide high quality
visual contact for patients and caregivers, and are easy to maintain. The CareStation
allows us to increase the frequency of interactions, as well as the quality
of those contacts, and at less expense than traditional home visiting programs."
Informed Care will educate patients on the benefits of telemedicine and CareStation
technology through a series of special video programs that will be featured
in over 4000 physician waiting rooms by the end of 2001.
"The CareStation is designed specifically for tele-homecare, integrating
interactive audio and visual communication with real-time medical transmission
over standard telephone lines," said John Strucke, Director of Business
Development, Telehealth, at Motion Media Technology. "Chronic illnesses
are responsible for nearly 70% of all healthcare costs. Informed Care's disease
management services, delivered through our CareStation products, improve the
quality of patient care and reduce costs while elevating patient and provider
Disease Management: As Easy as a Phone Call
Informed Care is a leading supplier of Internet-based chronic illness management
systems. The ICARE Management System is based on the company's interactive Web
software, a family of client/server telemedicine products that connect patients
with their caregivers over the Internet. Services include consultations with
nurses, Q&A with pharmacists, multimedia courseware, medication reminders
(online and via beeper), and weight management. The system is driven by a secure
database of patient medical records. Caregivers can review and annotate patient
information electronically, and send images to remote locations for consultations.
The CareStation 125, the first videophone system designed specifically for
remote healthcare, provides an added dimension to the ICARE patient/caregiver
interaction, allowing patients and healthcare providers to communicate quickly
and easily a variety of communication protocols, including standard phone lines.
The CareStation includes a built-in video screen and integrated camera that
supports high quality video at up to 30 frames per second. A nurse can visually
assess the patient's mental and functional status, evaluate conditions such
as wound status, and observe medication compliance.
In addition to high quality visual and audio communication, the CareStation
can transmit and receive electronic readings from a wide variety of medical
instruments that can be self-administered by the patient. A broad array of medical
peripheral devices can plug into the videophone, including stethoscopes, blood
pressure cuffs, and glucometers. The medical readings, video, and accompanying
dialog can be saved as a complete electronic record of the patient visit.
About Informed Care
Informed Care, Inc. (www.informedcare.com)
was founded in 1996. The company is based in Orlando, Florida, and maintains
offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Denver and Loveland, Colorado. The
company is a leading provider of software and consulting solutions that provide
medical expertise and care to people around the world who are isolated by geography,
economic conditions, or physical limitations.
About Motion Media Technology
Motion Media Technology (www.motion-media.com)
is a world leader in the design of video communications products which provide
innovative and practical solutions for business and visual communications, telehealth
and home care, security and surveillance, and distance learning and training.
The company provides a full range of affordable, easy to use products with outstanding
video and audio quality, including desktop videophones, group videoconferencing
systems, remote surveillance systems, and board-level codecs suitable for incorporation
into other products.
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For further information contact:
Martha LeVasseur, Director of Marketing
Motion Media Technology Inc.
6714 Netherlands Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28405
Shari Worthington, PR Counsel
49 Midgley Lane
Worcester, MA 01604 USA
+1 508.755.5242, Fax: +1 508.795.1636