Pod uses M2M communication to enable health monitoring via the Nationwide Sprint Network
TORONTO – Jan. 5, 2012 – IDEAL LIFE and Sprint (NYSE:S) today unveiled a new cellular pod that will make it easier than ever for users to manage wellness and monitor chronic conditions remotely. The pod, which will make its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 10-13 in Las Vegas, uses wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication to share information over the Nationwide Sprint Network, which reaches more than 312 million people in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (inclusive of roaming).
The device serves as a communication gateway, creating a remote network for instantaneous, secure, two-way communication between a user and his designated healthcare team. Once activated, the pod automatically syncs (pairs) with any of IDEAL LIFE’s wireless monitoring devices.
The cost of healthcare is one of the preeminent issues of the 21st century, and IDEAL LIFE’s solutions are proven to improve wellness and reduce costs through education and self-management. Because of a shift toward preventive care, the remote health management industry is set to grow exponentially this decade, and Sprint and IDEAL LIFE’s collaboration will help facilitate proactive prevention among hospitals, physicians, caregivers and patients.
“IDEAL LIFE’s relationship with Sprint was forged early last year with the goal of expanding IDEAL LIFE’s product portfolio to include embedded wireless devices,” said Harvey Goldberg, CEO of IDEAL LIFE, Inc. “This new offering continues that endeavor and is an example of how wireless technologies, combined with medical applications, can transform healthcare delivery.”
The IDEAL LIFE system features FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant products, such as the IDEAL LIFE Gluco-Manager™ (blood glucose meter), IDEAL LIFE BP Manager™ (blood pressure monitor), and IDEAL LIFE Body-Manager™ (body weight scale). Users can take readings with their device of choice, and deliver more accurate and immediate data to healthcare providers who can, in turn, share relevant, reliable and actionable information. This information can be delivered on demand, to any location, through collaborative solutions that are mobile, secure and accessible using this new communication gateway.
IDEAL LIFE, an ISO-certified company, which recently received the prestigious Innovations in Healthcare ABBY Award for its efforts to reduce the cost of quality healthcare, is the leader in remote health management and is revolutionizing healthcare by enhancing connectivity with smart technology throughout the care continuum. The most comprehensive system available, the IDEAL LIFE platform enables people to be healthier and more independent, reduces healthcare costs and provides better use of healthcare resources.
IDEAL LIFE provides physicians, caregivers, family and individuals maintaining healthy lifestyles or managing chronic conditions with smart, affordable, wireless, user-friendly technology anytime, anywhere, to fit any lifestyle. Its digital, two-way and interactive technology streamlines the patient-doctor relationship by allowing individuals to become active participants in their own healthcare through education and self-management, involving the physician when appropriate, thereby saving needless trips to the physician’s office while allowing physicians to manage more patients more efficiently.
“Wireless M2M solutions present an opportunity to streamline healthcare and provide greater access to critical patient information at significantly less cost and effort,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We are proud to collaborate with IDEAL LIFE to facilitate real-time dialogue and data exchange between individuals and medical professionals. The potential to improve patient wellness and physician efficiency in an on-demand setting is just one example of how connected devices are fundamentally changing every aspect of the way we work and live.”
The pod is available based on specific user needs, offered separately from other IDEAL LIFE devices, and users are not required to have a Sprint account to achieve connectivity with the device. Some products have a monthly service fee that is available free of charge through select health plans.
For more information on IDEAL LIFE, visit www.ideallifeonline.com. To learn more about Sprint’s health care solutions, visit www.sprint.com/healthcare.
About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group
With more than a dozen years of experience with M2M, Sprint has been at the forefront of this wireless industry revolution, teaming with and supporting a large and diverse portfolio of innovative companies to create smarter wireless solutions that change the way people work and live. Last year, Sprint opened the Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif., a hands-on, interactive lab where ideas knowledge and technology unite to produce wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. Earlier this year, Sprint also introduced the Sprint Command Center, a Web-based portal that allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device. To learn more, view this special “What if …” M2M videoand visit www.sprint.com/m2m.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 53 million customers at the end of 3Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index showed Sprint is the #1 most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
About IDEAL LIFE
IDEAL LIFE, an ISO-certified company and the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the IDEAL LIFE program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, IDEAL LIFE provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.
The easy-to-use IDEAL LIFE system uses digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant system, for example, has proved to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.