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HP, Cisco Systems and CARDIAC Provide a Solution Set for the Digital Hospital of the 21st Century

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 13, 2006

HP, Cisco Systems and CARDIAC today announced a combined healthcare solution set that will help give healthcare organizations the ability to maximize resources and streamline operations, greatly improving the quality of care and services delivered to patients.

The three organisations have combined their healthcare strategies and key offerings to deliver a solution set to the market that includes Cisco's Medical Grade Network framework and CARDIAC's Integrated Hospital offering, housed under the umbrella of the HP Digital Hospital Infrastructure (DHI) program and incorporating elements from the HP DHI solution suite.

The collaboration builds on the strengths of each of these companies in the area of healthcare technology to offer hospitals and other entities in the healthcare sector a set of integrated, tailor-made information communication technology (ICT) solutions and services.

The combined solutions will help healthcare professionals to:

  • share patient information quickly and with a high degree of security, making diagnosis and treatment faster and more efficient;

  • track mobile equipment and key assets wirelessly;

  • become more responsive by communicating with patients and colleagues wirelessly, and in real-time;

  • monitor patients remotely, quickly and accurately;

  • collaborate more efficiently for effective patient care.

HP will act as the systems integrator, providing overall project management, system architecture design, integration with CARDIAC IMATIS middleware, security and the implementation of network and open roaming. Training, support and monitoring also figure as key elements of HP's contribution, in addition to the provision of underlying infrastructure such as servers, storage and archiving, PCs and PDAs.

The new solution set is a key building block in the HP Digital Hospital Infrastructure initiative, a program to provide hospitals with infrastructure solutions that deliver the agility and adaptability required to support the changing nature of health information technology.

Cisco provides a single converged intelligent network which supports the voice video and data applications within Cisco's Clinical Connection Suite, including Nurse Call, Patient Monitoring, Location Based Services and Collaborative care.

CARDIAC will provide Nurse Call integration, patient terminals, medical device integration, alert management, hospital orderly communications and asset tracing, based on its IMATIS middleware solution.

The changing face of healthcare

Hospitals across Europe are facing the need to cut costs, increase efficiency and become more accountable to the public. ICT can play a crucial role in driving safe and effective care focussed on the patient. Although overall the healthcare sector has a history of low capital outlay in ICT, hospitals across Europe are stepping up their investments in a move to become digital hospitals. By 2010, the European Commission predicts that five percent of national health budgets will be invested in e-health systems and services.(1)

The HP, Cisco and CARDIAC collaboration will ease the way for hospitals to go "digital" and step up to meet 21st century needs by packaging together best-in-breed solutions developed through many years of combined experience working in the area of healthcare ICT.

St. Olav's Hospital in Norway

St Olav's Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, is establishing one of the most technologically advanced and innovative hospitals in Europe. At the heart of the hospital's vision is the goal of delivering better patient care, with greater efficiencies and communications between healthcare professionals. Essential to delivering this is to build an infrastructure that is resilient, secure and able to support new applications and devices, as they become available.

Under the leadership of Telenor, a leading service provider in Norway, HP, Cisco and CARDIAC are already working together to achieve St Olav's vision. A major part of the project focuses on Nurse Call - a patient monitoring application that allows nurses to receive direct alerts on their patients' status, to be delivered to a PDA, PC or IP phone. Nurses and other clinicians are also able to communicate directly with their patients and colleagues, no matter where they are. Even if a patient is moved to another ward or even hospital, nurses will no longer require verbal briefings on his/her condition, but can simply check the history on their PDAs.

"We are building a hospital ICT infrastructure to unlock the benefits of modern healthcare communication for the coming decades," said Arve-Olav Solumsmo, public relations manager of the Hospital Development Project. "Our technology suppliers must not only be state of the art, but state of the future art."

The new communications infrastructure of the hospital is based on Cisco's Medical Grade networking technology, providing high-speed, fully redundant IP infrastructure, and secure wireless coverage across 11 buildings for mobile clinical staff and a comprehensive IP telephony solution.

HP has responsibility for the ICT solution architecture, comprehensive testing and quality assurance. HP also provides project management, solution architecture design, a tailored security solution, testing and quality assurance, the implementation of network and open roaming, as well as technology such as servers and PCs.

Based on the wireless access points running over the Cisco Medical Grade network, HP will integrate its handheld Medical Data Assistant (MDA) as an end-point for lab results and requests. This enables health personnel to access real-time critical information such as patient records while working on the wards. The MDA will also have full phone functionality.

The wireless network will also provide computer capability for the physician's tablet and notebook PCs with screens that can display X-ray pictures and other vital data at the patient's bedside.

In addition, CARDIAC will provide Nurse Call integration, patient terminals, medical device integration, alert management, hospital orderly communications, and asset tracing based on its IMATIS middleware solution. The company will also manage the implementation and integration of bedside terminals. These terminals will give patients access to entertainment as well as providing staff with clinical applications. The entertainment solution will provide patients with the use of IP-based radio, TV and telephone.

The next revolution in healthcare

The next revolution in healthcare is not only about medicine, but about using technology to deliver information that drives safe and efficient patient-centric care.

"By bundling our strengths we can help hospitals unleash the potential that information technology brings with it so that they can move into the 21st century," said Ingo Juraske, vice president and head of Public Sector, HP EMEA. "This collaboration is one key element of HP's healthcare vision for a complete, end-to-end Digital Hospital Infrastructure with the focus on the need to improve integration across the hospital environment. Our initial DHI offering addressed the long-term, unified storage of medical images."

"Improving clinical workflow is a major need that has not been adequately addressed by today's ICT solutions," said Yvon Le Roux, vice president, Public Sector, Cisco Systems Europe and the Emerging Markets. "Using the Cisco Medical Grade Network as the communications platform, this solution is helping hospitals around the world, by simplifying and speeding the communications processes, improving the way patients are diagnosed, monitored and treated, while also helping these healthcare organisations improve patient care and reduce costs."

"Each element of information is needed instantly and reliably in order to improve patient safety and service. Integrating the hospital medical systems and instruments, along with supplying a steadfast and immediate communication system, will be a breakthrough in safe and efficient hospital operations," said Kjell Borthne, M.D., Ph.D. and chief medical officer, CARDIAC.

About Cisco Systems

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About CARDIAC

IMATIS is an award-winning product of CARDIAC, a Norwegian developer of innovative integration software for the medical, oil & gas and industry sectors. Real-time decision tools with role based access through web portals on any device is CARDIAC's business idea. Using cutting-edge technology from Microsoft, Cisco, HP and National Instruments, CARDIAC builds solutions for the future. Visit http://www.cardiac.no for more information.

About HP

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $86.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) EU - European Health Strategy: "e-Health - making healthcare better for European citizens: An action plan for a European e-Health Are", April 30 2004.

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.