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Card Guard AG and Samsung Telecommunications in strategic alliance to offer suite of wireless healthcare monitors on pocket PC phones

14 March 2005

NEW ORLEANS. Card Guard AG and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung) today announced a strategic alliance to offer Card Guard's PMP4 suite of wireless healthcare monitors on Samsung's Microsoft(R) Windows Mobile(TM)-based Pocket PC Phones. Samsung's Mobile Intelligent Terminals (MITs), such as the i700, coupled with Card Guard's wireless healthcare monitors, can offer patients and healthcare practitioners the ability to monitor vitals such as blood pressure and blood glucose level remotely.

The strategic alliance between the two companies expands Card Guard's presence in the U.S. patient monitoring market and extends Samsung's leadership in providing handheld applications to the healthcare sector. In 2004, Samsung announced the availability of wireless content and diagnostic resources such as drug references and clinical journals for physicians and medical residents via their handheld devices.

"Card Guard is setting the standard for advanced wireless medical
technologies and monitoring services, and we're pleased to offer their
solution on our award-winning devices," said Peter Skarzynski, senior vice president of Samsung's wireless terminals division. "For rural-area residents or those with ongoing conditions such as diabetes, wireless patient monitoring can help in the ongoing assessment of their vitals to ensure they remain healthy and visit the doctor when necessary."
Industry analysts predict that as the baby boomer generation — Americans born between 1946 and 1964 — ages and the incidence of diabetes, obesity and hypertension rises, remote care applications will be an essential component in the future of patient care.
Card Guard's PMP4 suite of solutions measure and transmit medical data via a Bluetooth wireless technology card inserted into an SD I/O slot of a handheld device, which can then upload this information to a dedicated Web- based medical center. The online medical center provides secure, private data protection, and a user-friendly interface that can be accessed by physicians and patients. The PMP4 suite of wireless peripherals include an ECG heart monitor, lung function Spirometer, Pulse Oximeter, blood pressure devices, and an SD I/O blood glucose monitor, which can be used in conjunction with
Samsung's i700 device.

"Our alliance with Samsung Telecommunications America is an exciting
achievement for Card Guard. The PMP4 wireless healthcare  applications together with Samsung's mobile phones will facilitate the timely capture, storage and transmission of medical data for both the chronically ill and the wellness community," said Yacov Geva, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Card Guard. "Empowering people to monitor their health will ultimately lead to improved clinical outcomes and quality of life."

Samsung and Card Guard will be showcasing the i700 with the Card Guard wireless monitors in booths #1045 and #1265, Hall B1 at the CTIA Wireless 2005 trade show this week.

Source: Card Guard and Samsung Telecommunications America


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