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Nortel, Polycom Telepresence Solution Helps Hospitals Offer Better Care Anywhere

February 27, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

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Hospitals and other medical facilities can offer better patient care virtually anywhere with the latest Healthcare Telepresence Solutions from Nortel and Polycom, Inc.

These solutions empower healthcare providers to capitalize on Hyperconnectivity by creating multi-location virtual meetings so real that geographically dispersed physicians, surgeons, researchers and other professionals will almost believe they are in the same room. This can help them be more efficient and productive because it delivers most of the same benefits of in-person consultations without the time and expense of travel.

"No one else offers such a complete and open telepresence solution - including technology and services - to address the real-world challenges of today's healthcare environments," said Charles Salameh, vice president, Network Business Solutions, Nortel. "This includes real-time access to information and expertise regardless of location that can help improve patient care, reduce costs through greater efficiency, and improve overall productivity and effectiveness."

Healthcare providers are saving critical time and enhancing productivity to better serve their patients in an increasingly demanding environment with innovative healthcare solutions like this one, built on unified communications technology and network managed services from Nortel.

Nortel (booth #6281) and Polycom (booth #6785) are demonstrating Healthcare Telepresence and other Healthcare Solutions in Orlando, Fla. this week at HIMSS08, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Nortel's Healthcare Telepresence Solutions include standards-based telepresence and high-definition (HD) video conferencing from Polycom for telemedicine and clinical collaboration. They also include Nortel Multimedia Services like recording and archiving of clinical records and educational materials for re-use via the web and other media. Nortel can operate, manage and maintain this comprehensive solution on behalf of any healthcare provider with services from the Nortel Global Services portfolio.

"The outstanding quality of experience of our telepresence and HD video collaboration offerings is ideal for healthcare applications, where seeing and hearing people and content in fine detail is critical," said Ron Emerson, global director, healthcare markets, Polycom. "Polycom and Nortel are delivering these solutions in combination with managed services to provide a complete, end-to-end solution for healthcare organizations."

Polycom offers a number of telepresence and HD video collaboration solutions designed specifically for healthcare. This includes the mobile Polycom HDX Practitioner Cart, which enables physicians to examine and diagnose remotely-located patients in real-time. It also includes a customizable version of the immersive Polycom RealPresence Experience (RPX) HD for the operating room or classroom. Polycom also provides flexible, interactive video collaboration solutions for other healthcare and healthcare administration applications.

These standards-based solutions are part of the open Polycom UltimateHD architecture, providing scalability, security and backward compatibility with legacy video conference equipment. As the only healthcare industry platform that delivers HD video, HD voice and simultaneous sharing of X-rays, microscope images, full-motion video and other HD multimedia content, Ultimate HD provides an unrivaled user experience.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news







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