TOKYO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Omron Corporation Healthcare Company, a
subsidiary of Japan's largest producer of control components and systems Omron
Corporation (TSE/OSE 6645), today announced an important advance in remote
healthcare management with its development of a "Health Information Management
Incorporating a blood pressure monitor, video and data communications
facilities and packaged with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE operating system
installed, Omron's Health Information Management Terminal will be displayed at
Medica 2001, Europe's largest medical equipment trade fair, which opens in
Dusseldorf, Germany on November 21.
With its built-in blood pressure monitor the new Omron system manages
physiological information on the terminal such as a patient's blood pressure
measurements, amount of exercise as represented by pedometer readings, and
information obtained from the patient by interview such as food intake and
hours of rest. This enables healthcare providers and physicians to remotely
access patient information over communication networks and offer advice.
"The development of the Health Information Management Terminal sprang from
the convergence of several companies' strategies to establish a business model
for managing patient physiological information on a terminal and sharing it
with healthcare providers," explains Keiichiro Akahoshi, President of Omron
Corporation Healthcare Company.
"In this way physicians and health consultants can offer preventative
medical services and treatment in the patient's home. With the support of
companies such as Microsoft, we have taken an important step forward in remote
healthcare management," he adds.
With a development that combines Omron's core high-precision physiological
information measurement systems, such as the blood pressure monitor, with
software that supports prophylactic medicine for lifestyle diseases, the
company is promoting a healthcare business model that aims to minimize the
risk of illness among consumers. Omron believes that a terminal and operating
system for managing a range of patient information and sharing it with doctors
are essential components of this business model. A description of business
model scenarios can be found at
In addition to the built-in blood pressure monitor, the Health Information
Management Terminal has a high-speed LAN connector terminal, a CCD camera and
microphone connector for voice input to allow patients to consult physicians
via a video phone system, and CF-card and PCMCIA-card slots for data exchange.
The terminal incorporates Microsoft Windows CE operating system and can be
connected to other medical equipment such as thermometers, body fat meters,
scales, and pedometers, and has excellent upward scalability.
"More and more we find companies building devices that help make their
customers' lives easier through the storing and sharing of information," says
Keith White, senior director at Microsoft's Embedded Appliance and Platform
Group. "This new line of Blood Pressure Monitors exemplifies how companies
like Omron Corporation Healthcare Company, are able to leverage the rich
modular platform in Windows CE to build a new generation of reliable, smart
connected devices for their customers that integrate seamlessly with PCs and
With the Health Information Management Terminal as its core device, Omron
Corporation plans to develop its business model further in cooperation with
medical institutions, communications network providers, and insurance
Omron Corporation, headquartered in Kyoto, is Japan's largest producer of
control components and systems. Established in May 1948 and headed by
President Yoshio Tateisi, Omron employs some 25,000 people worldwide and for
the year ended March 2001 posted consolidated sales of 594.3 billion yen.
Omron Corporation Healthcare Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omron
Corp and is based in Tokyo. A specialist firm in healthcare equipment,
including digital blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, body fat
meters, and nebulizers, Omron Healthcare employs about 2,015 staff worldwide
and recorded sales to March 2001 of 43.2 billion yen. Its president is
A high-resolution, JPEG image of the Health Information Management
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Omron Corporation Healthcare Company
Ms. Emi Fukazawa
Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Mr. David Fahrner
Omron Healthcare Europe BV
Mr. Peter Redert
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