BATESVILLE, Ind., June 23 Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC)today announced two new agreements to enhance and add integrated functions andvalue for the company's NaviCare(R) WatchChild(R) solution.
The agreement with AirStrip Technologies brings the value of theinnovative AirStrip OB(TM) product. This state-of-the-art softwareapplication allows obstetricians to use their own PDAs and Smartphones toremotely access virtual real-time waveform data for both the mother and fetus,increasing the physician's ability to closely monitor their patients. Theinterface between Hill-Rom's WatchChild solution and AirStrip OB will beconfigured to function with Hill-Rom's original WatchChild solution as well asthe enhanced version introduced this past April.
In addition, Hill-Rom's relationship with ExitCare, L.L.C. will integratean educational component, the ExitCare Labor & Delivery product, consisting ofhundreds of Labor & Delivery patient education topics augmented with colorillustrations. ExitCare Labor & Delivery provides an important tool tofacilitate communication between clinicians with patients and family members.
"The NaviCare WatchChild solution has been extremely well received sincethe introduction of the enhanced version just a little over two months ago,"said Adam McMullin, vice president, Marketing and Strategy, Hill-Rom ITSolutions. "We are excited to form relationships with two innovative partnersin AirStrip Technologies and ExitCare, L.L.C. to enhance the value of ourWatchChild solutions. We know these additions will help caregivers help theirpatients and ultimately, enhance outcomes for them. That's a powerfulproposition and one we are pleased to be able to bring to market together."
The newly introduced, enhanced WatchChild solution evolved from arecognized need to provide an integrated and intuitive way to manageobstetrical operations, including reporting, communication, care plandevelopment, skin and fall assessment screening and operating roomrecord/pre-anesthesia checklists. The NaviCare WatchChild solution also offersstate-of-the-art data archiving capability to help manage long-and-short-termliability risks for hospitals and caregivers. Both relationships announcedtoday will extend and expand ease of use for caregivers, in turn, enhancingoutcomes for their patients.
The NaviCare WatchChild solution is part of the NaviCare(R) ClinicalOperations Platform. In February 2008, Hill-Rom introduced an enhancedNaviCare Clinical Operations Platform designed to support hospital efforts toprovide improved patient safety, quality of care and operational efficiency.
ABOUT AIRSTRIP TECHNOLOGIES, L.P.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, AirStrip Technologies is a pioneer inmobile, medical software applications designed to work across any platform.The core technology team is committed to bringing best-of-breed products tothe market that enhance the ability of physicians and healthcare professionalsto perform their work on a daily basis with the added assurances that theirpatients are being provided the best care available. Visitwww.airstriptech.com for more information.
ABOUT EXITCARE, LLC
ExitCare, LLC is a privately held company formed in 1996 to create patienteducation content and software. ExitCare is a consumer healthcare informationcompany providing enterprise wide patient education solutions, meeting theneeds of the office-based physician to the hospital's Labor and Delivery,Surgery, Emergency Departments and overall inpatient needs. The text isaugmented with color illustrations to enhance the patient's understanding.Common topics have been translated into Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Tagolog,Haitian Creole and Vietnamese. The Company will add Canadian French in 2008.ExitCare is installed in hundreds of patient care sites nationwide.