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Omron Healthcare Introduces New Device Drivers Built on Microsoft HealthVault

Monday, June 9, 2008 General News J E 4
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BANNOCKBURN, Ill., June 9 Omron Healthcare, Inc. todayannounced a strategic relationship to support Microsoft HealthVault,Microsoft's consumer health platform, enabling two Omron(R) blood pressuremonitors (HEM-790IT & HEM-670-IT) and a pedometer (HJ-720ITC) to be compatibleand share information within the platform. HealthVault provides users theability to find, collect, and share important health information over timesuch as home blood pressure monitoring which is recommended by the AmericanHeart Association (AHA).

"Omron is devoted to providing accurate and high quality products, and westrive to deliver the latest technologies available to help our customers leada healthy lifestyle," said Bob Kondraske, chief operating officer, OmronHealthcare. "We are excited to combine our device capabilities withHealthVault's offerings to maximize the use of Omron products, and to play anactive role in health management for consumers."

Omron users have a choice between two downloadable options to connectcompatible devices to the HealthVault platform -- a 32 and 64-bit devicedriver. Individuals can install their preferred driver to access and managetheir health information through a free web-based account that enables them tocollect and store information, as well as share this information with familymembers and physicians.

With approximately 73 million Americans diagnosed with hypertension, theability to chart one's progress at home and keep a physician apprised is keyto reducing risks such as a heart attack or stroke. In fact, according to theAmerican Heart Association, urging people to monitor blood pressure at homecan be a motivating factor to help them be proactive and make changes for thebetter. With products that are capable of uploading information to an onlinetool like HealthVault, progress of a person's health becomes a visualassessment to reinforce a healthy lifestyle.

"We are pleased to align HealthVault's capabilities with Omron devices toensure consumers have the opportunity to integrate important blood pressureand step-count data with other wellness-related information for optimal healthmanagement," said Bert Van Hoof, director of partner and developer program,Microsoft Health Solutions Group.

About Omron Healthcare, Inc.

Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Bannockburn, IL, is the North and SouthAmerican sales and marketing office of Omron Healthcare Group, a leadingmanufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors for home use. Withmore than 70 million monitors sold worldwide to date, Omron Healthcare Groupwas the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure monitors into thehome healthcare market. Omron Healthcare offers innovative products andmedical devices for use in sites ranging from hospitals to the home in theblood pressure monitoring, fitness diagnostics, thermometry, and respiratorycategories. Omron Healthcare markets clinically proven products that provideaccurate health information to consumers and physicians and support positivelifestyle changes and health improvement. For more information, visithttp://www.omronhealthcare.com.

Product and company names herein may be the trademarks of their respectiveowners.Omron's products available for use with HealthVault include: -- HEM-790 IT blood pressure monitor allows for detection of conditions such as morning hypertension and irregular heartbeat -- HEM-670 IT portable wrist blood pressure monitor for those who want a second unit for use away from home or who have trouble placing a cuff on their arm -- HJ-720 ITC pedometer which employs dual acceleration sensor technology that measures the number of steps taken, distance walked, calories and fat burned and the number of aerobic steps a user takes

SOURCE Omron Healthcare, Inc.
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