Applications Will Address Need for Convenient,
Portable Access to Critical Patient Information
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 23, 2004 -- Sprint and palmOne, Inc. announced
today an agreement to develop end-to-end mobile enterprise solutions
targeted at healthcare organizations. Under terms of the agreement,
the companies will leverage the secure and high-speed data capabilities
of the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the PCS Vision
Smart Device Treo 600 by palmOne and a portfolio of third-party
applications to market solutions to mobilize healthcare processes,
allowing healthcare providers to improve patient care, increase
efficiencies and manage costs.
"The healthcare industry is a key focus for Sprint and beneficiary
of an integrated portfolio of wireless and wireline solutions
designed to help healthcare providers deliver high-quality patient
care while streamlining processes and controlling costs,"
said Jennifer Johnson, director of healthcare marketing, Sprint
Business Solutions. "Sprint is pleased to team with palmOne
to deliver flexible and dependable mobile solutions that will
help healthcare providers achieve that objective."
Initially Sprint and palmOne will provide healthcare organizations
with joint offers focused on mobilizing patient records and providing
access to critical patient information. Using these mobile solutions,
caregivers will be able to access, track and record patient information
at the point of care. In addition, the solutions can streamline
business processes by allowing the caregiver to easily submit
patient data to the required health information and administrative
systems, reducing the potential for medical or billing errors.
"We're excited to work with Sprint to bring powerful mobile
solutions to the healthcare industry. The relationship helps palmOne
further demonstrate its commitment to improving healthcare by
providing caregivers with innovative, cutting-edge technologies,"
said Mike Lorion, vice president of vertical markets for palmOne,
Inc. "palmOne delivers the tools that ultimately help improve
patient care and patient safety."
The award-winning Treo 600 smartphone combines a full-color screen,
Palm OS 5.2.1 operating system, a backlit QWERTY keyboard with
dome-shaped keys, a 144MHz ARM 9 processor, a VGA quality camera
and a PCS Phone into a candy bar form factor. Operating on the
enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, the Treo 600 smartphone
enables wireless applications including email, messaging and Web
browsing at speeds averaging 50 to 70 Kbps with PCS Vision plans.
Sprint is dedicated to providing integrated communication solutions
that help healthcare providers balance patient care, manage costs
and comply with mandated regulations. Sprint has been offering
voice and data services for more than 30 years and has a full
data services portfolio including business continuity, transport
(IP, FR, ATM, wireless) and managed network services. In addition,
Sprint has built a strong portfolio of security products and services
that healthcare organizations can leverage to address HIPAA (Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) security requirements.
Sprint is also leveraging its portfolio of wireless and wireline
assets to provide integrated, managed mobility solutions designed
for the healthcare market. Sprint can also provide solutions for
the healthcare market including digital imaging and telemedicine
Sprint is showcasing new and emerging solutions for the healthcare
industry in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 22 - 26 at HIMSS 2004 Annual Conference
and Exhibition, booth number 5433. Solutions to be demonstrated
include healthcare mobility, imaging and telemedicine and emerging
Sprint has been recognized for its leadership in vertical markets
overall with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Telecom Services Vertical
Company of the Year Award and the 2002 Frost & Sullivan Market
Engineering Leadership Award for Customized Healthcare Solutions.
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving
more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately
67,000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues
in 2003, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering
and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including
the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network
and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides
local communications services in 39 states and the District of
Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide
PCS wireless network in the United States.
About palmOne, Inc.
palmOne, Inc. delivers what matters most to customers -- whether
a single consumer or company of thousands -- enabling users to
improve their personal lives and professional productivity through
mobile devices and solutions.
palmOne is the name adopted in October 2003 by Palm, Inc., when
it spun off PalmSource, Inc., maker of the Palm OS(R) platform
software, and acquired Handspring, Inc. Uniting the Zire(TM),
Tungsten(TM) and Treo(TM) subbrands, the creation of palmOne launched
a new, stronger market leader in handheld computer and communications
hardware and software solutions.