February 22, 2008

Dr. Neil Martin, Chief of Neurosurgery UCLA Medical Center to Present New Cell Phone Solution for Viewing PACS Images Remotely to Diagnose Critically Ill Patients

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- (HIMSS08) -- Dr. Neil Martin, Founder/CEO of Global Care Quest and Chief of Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center and will deliver a presentation at HIMSS08 on a new wireless mobile technology solution that allows physicians to view CT and MRI images and scans from remote locations. This solution, ICIS Mobile, transmits images over high speed wireless networks to a physician's cell phone or PDA.

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According to Dr. Martin, "The first three hours following the onset of a critical health episode like a stroke are critical. If care is delayed beyond this critical time window, the chance of recovery or even survival declines substantially."

Dr. Martin will present how new wireless technology has proven especially effective in addressing this limited time window by allowing rapid transmission and viewing of images wherever the physician is located.

"Much of the first hour following the onset of these critical episodes is spent simply getting the patient to the emergency room," Dr. Martin related. "Then the patient must then be diagnosed, CT and MRI images and scans taken and developed. Finally, a specially trained physician must review the images and make a decision on the appropriate treatment protocol," he said.

The ICIS Mobile viewer developed by Martin and his colleagues greatly reduces the time required in making the crucial diagnosis. Dr. Martin will explain in detail how this wireless mobile solution sends images to the diagnosing physician who can view the images from his home, another office, or even from his car using a PDA or cell phone and then call or email his diagnosis and treatment instructions to the patient's location.

"Only recently has wireless networking, imaging technology and handheld devices (such as powerful cell phones) progressed to permit diagnostic quality images to be delivered remotely at an affordable price point," said Martin.

Once implemented in hospital settings, this technology will greatly benefit many critically ill patients by saving significant amounts of time that is crucial in the initial three hour window. This savings will translate directly to saved lives and improved treatment outcomes.

Dr. Martin's presentation, Wireless Mobility: Remote PACS Access in Your Pocket" will be delivered at HIMSS08 in Orlando, Florida Wednesday, February 27, 2008 from 8:30 to 9:30 AM, presentation number 128 and is designated as an advanced presentation in the Emerging Technologies category. For more information, go to http://www.globalcarequest.com/.

About UCLA Medical Center

UCLA Medical Center is a nonprofit, self-supporting 668-bed hospital providing patient care in all medical specialties. It is the primary teaching hospital for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA is a separately licensed acute psychiatric hospital providing adults, teens and children with a full continuum of psychiatric care, including inpatient, day hospital and outpatient services. Located in the UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA includes a 106-bed inpatient unit and an outpatient pediatric care center that together serve more than 98,000 patients each year. In addition to providing well-child care and immunizations, Mattel Children's Hospital maintains the country's leading pediatric organ-transplant program and is renowned for its research into pediatric cancers and epilepsy, as well as the genetics of childhood diseases.

About Global Care Quest

Founded in 2005, Global Care Quest develops and sells the Integrated Clinical Information System (ICIS), which performs real-time integration and delivery of digital medical records, charting, diagnostic imaging, bedside monitoring equipment, and laboratory results to physicians and medical teams to desktops, laptops, and smartphones. ICIS increases clinician effectiveness, enhances patient safety, and lowers patient costs by delivering critical patient information when and where it's needed.

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