Omron Develops 'Health Information Management Terminal' - Allows Healthcare Providers to Remotely Access a Patient's

Health Details to Offer Medical Services in the Home -



    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
 Terminal."
     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
 http://www.healthcare.omron.co.jp/global/press/win_ce/index.html
     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
 the Internet."
     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
 organizations.
 
     About Omron
     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
 Keiichiro Akahoshi.
 
     A high-resolution, JPEG image of the Health Information Management
 Terminal is available for downloading from:
 www.healthcare.omron.co.jp/global/press/win_ce/index.html
 WARNING:  This image is large-sized (364 K+).
 
     Contact:
 
     Tokyo Headquarters
     Omron Corporation Healthcare Company
     Ms. Emi Fukazawa
     TEL: +81-3-3436-7290
     E-mail: emi_fukazawa@omron.co.jp
 
     USA
     Omron Healthcare, Inc.
     Mr. David Fahrner
     TEL: +1-847-680-6200
     E-mail: david_fahrner@omron.com
 
     Europe
     Omron Healthcare Europe BV
     Mr. Peter Redert
     TEL: +31 (0)20-3548200
     E-mail: peter.redert@eu.omron.com
 
 

SOURCE Omron Corporation Healthcare Company

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