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Polycom Completes Acquisition of HP Visual Collaboration Business Unit, and Polycom Becomes HP’s Provider of Telepresence Solutions for Both Resale and Internal Deployments

Polycom and HP to offer innovative, end-to-end UC solutions to customers globally

PLEASANTON, Calif. – July 27, 2011 – Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a global leader in unified communications (UC), today announced the close of its acquisition of HP’s Visual Collaboration business, and the agreement under which Polycom will serve as an exclusive partner to HP for telepresence and certain video UC solutions, including both resale and internal HP deployments.  The acquisition and agreement doubles Polycom’s immersive telepresence marketshare and further strengthens Polycom’s leadership in the UC video market, which is growing rapidly as businesses of all sizes around the world are using video collaboration as a strategic and cost-effective way to improve productivity and create high-performance workplaces.  In addition to HP, Polycom works with a large and diverse channel community representing multiple routes to market, including: distribution partners, value added resellers, service providers and systems integrators.  Polycom’s uncompromising commitment to open standards and 100% channel orientation remains unchanged.

The two companies also recently agreed to make Polycom’s enterprise-grade video applications available for HP’s webOS platform, in keeping with Polycom’s commitment to enable mobile UC as a key element in its UC Everywhere™ vision.

“Polycom is excited to close this acquisition and we welcome Halo customers to Polycom.  We’re looking forward to our expanded strategic relationship with HP, to offer customers an end-to-end UC solution with an unparalleled user experience, open standards-based interoperability, the industry’s best TCO, investment protection through backwards- and forwards-compatibility, and ease of deployment,” said Andrew Miller, Polycom president and CEO.  “HP has enormous global reach, and our broadened relationship with the company is another important step in meeting Polycom’s commitment to bring the most advanced and innovative UC solutions to market – from mobile video applications and UC software to room and immersive telepresence solutions.  In addition, Polycom and HP share a strategic ally in Microsoft, and we believe our combined offerings will provide transformative benefits and value to customers worldwide.”

In the rapidly growing UC and telepresence markets, Polycom has emerged as a leader and continues to gain significant marketshare in both video endpoint solutions and video infrastructure. In the latest Wainhouse Research quarterly report on video conferencing and telepresence, “Wainhouse Spotcheck: Videoconferencing Q1 2011,” Polycom gained nine points  vs. the previous quarter and extended its leadership in video endpoint unit shipments to 45 percent market share in Q1 2011. Polycom also grew three points sequentially in video infrastructure revenue (Polycom offers the UC Intelligent Core™platform), as the overall video infrastructure market grew at 24 percent year-over-year.

The acquisition strengthens Polycom’s leadership position in the UC and telepresence markets by bringing HP’s installed base of visual collaboration products and technology together with Polycom’s customer base – the industry’slargest at about 1 million video systems.  The acquisition includes the assets of HP’s Visual Collaboration business, including the Halo Products and Managed Services business.  Polycom picks up customer sites with many Global 500 customers across 36 countries.

For current Halo and Halo Video Exchange Network (HEVN) customers, Polycom will deliver uninterrupted services and support– providing the same quality of experience and service level agreements these customers have enjoyed and expect. Polycom is also committed to providing interoperability between Halo deployments, Polycom telepresence systems and open-standards UC systems.

Polycom and HP’s Expanded Alliance
Under the terms of its agreements with HP, Polycom provides expertise in software technology and UC infrastructure and solutions, covering the full continuum of integrated and secure mobile, desktop, room and immersive telepresence solutions.  HP provides its expertise and leadership in go-to-market strategies for UC solutions and will resell Polycom’s UC solutions including:  mobile, personal and group UC devices, UC Intelligent Core software platform, UC managed services, and audio/video software.

Together, Polycom and HP empower collaboration, increase productivity, speed decision making and help create high-performance workplaces across industries and the globe by offering a tailored approach to customer requirements and supporting a variety of UC solutions that scale and evolve as business needs change.

“Clients are seeking ways to enable their employees to share information faster, increase responsiveness and ultimately improve productivity,” said Arthur Filip, vice president and general manager, Technology Consulting, HP. “HP works with clients to create their unique Unified Communications strategy, transforming their communications infrastructure to improve collaboration and business responsiveness. By collaborating with HP and Polycom, clients will benefit from an end-to-end UC solution that will address their needs today and in the future.”

Polycom Unified Communications (UC) Solutions
Polycom Unified Communications (UC) solutions bring people face to face from anywhere, creating a highly collaborative environment that significantly improves learning, retention, and engagement as well as overall productivity and efficiency.  Polycom helps organizations of all sizes, across all industries, become high-performance workplaces where individuals and teams collaborate on-demand between any location, over any network, with their device of choice.

Polycom UC offerings include high-definition voice and video solutions for personal, mobile, group and immersive telepresence experiences – using up to half the video bandwidth required by other UC solutions.   The Polycom UC Intelligent Core is the only platform that connects up to 75,000 devices and enables 25,000 simultaneous calls with 100% auto-failover, providing the best-in-class user experience on a global scale.  With Polycom’s broad ecosystem of strategic partners, Polycom provides the most comprehensive, reliable and scalable collaboration platform for managing and delivering UC solutions to employees, partners and suppliers – on premises or from the cloud.

Transfers of the assets in certain countries are subject to completion of various foreign legal requirements.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) is a global leader in unified communications solutions with industry-leading  telepresence, video, voice and infrastructure solutions built on open standards.  Polycom powers smarter conversations, transforming lives and businesses worldwide. Please visit www.polycom.comfor more information or connect with Polycom on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

August 1, 2011 I Written By

Medweb Introduces IHE Compliant Cloud Storage Also Now Available on HP Mobile Workstations

Medweb’s Cloud PACS Service extends certified IHE compliant Image Archiving to all sizes of medical practices. This offering is now available as an integrated storage service with HP Workstations and tablets giving clinicians a single resource that links to all image sources in their community.

ORLANDO, FL February 21, 2011– Medweb, a seasoned provider of encrypted, secure PACS and telemedicine solutions for over 20 years, announced today at the 2011 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS), Booth #5680, the successful certification of over 29 IHE Integration profiles at the IHE North American Connectathon held recently in Chicago.  Medweb and Hewlett-Packard (HP) also announce an alliance at booth #731 demonstrating Medweb Cloud Solutions as an integrated service on a variety of HP desktops and mobile workstations.

Medweb Cloud based PACS Service extends certified IHE compliant Image Archiving to all sizes of medical practice. As a monthly service, Medweb, certified by IHE in over 29 integration profiles, includes Cross Enterprise Document and Image Exchange profiles to link offices, clinics, and hospitals across Health Information Exchanges, as well as conventional radiology workflow profiles.

The 2011 Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North America Connectathon, held annually in Asia, Europe and North America, allows vendors to perform required transactions for the roles they select (IHE Actors) in support of defined clinical use cases (IHE Profiles) that allow integration of multiple information systems from disparate institutions to share medical record and image data electronically between facilities.

Over 100 companies collaborated to demonstrate and certify IHE compliance, the Connectathon has grown substantially as companies and clients recognize the importance of IHE compliance to collaborate in today’s fully electronic medical imaging environment. Medweb’s certification specifically addresses the workflows for intramural Radiology and PACS workflow, as well as Cross Enterprise Document and Image Sharing, and related encryption, logging, and collaboration profiles which allow sharing of medical imaging and documents between hospitals, clinics, and doctors offices.

Medweb’s IHE compliance included IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS.b) and IHE Cross-Enterprise Document Sharing for Imaging (XDS-I.b), XDS b document repository, Image Manager Scheduled Workflow (SWF) and Patient Information Reconciliation (PIR as well as providing comprehensive Clinical Document Repository (CDR) and Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) capabilities.

Full Connectathon results are available at http://connectathon-results.ihe-europe.net/

In coordination with HP, Medweb announces an alliance at HIMSS to provide web-based PACS and Cloud Storage on HP mobile workstations. Medweb and HP provide a complete virtual PACS solution that provides availability of high-quality image viewing in the Cloud. This solution offers Cloud hosted imaging and a Data Repository that provides fast, secure, and unlimited storage for physicians and specialists, as well as advanced interactive 3D image display tools that make use of the touch screen capabilities of the HP tablet providing exceptional presentation of clinical data.

This PACS offering is available as an integrated storage service with HP Workstations and tablets giving clinicians a single resource on their HP desktop or tablet that links to all image sources in their community while providing a repository for images generated at their own facility.  Cloud PACS offered on HP workstations and tablets are available for demo at HIMSS booth #731.

Medweb’s Web-based PACS cloud computing solution provides a reliable storage solution that grows with the needs of the clinician and eliminates the need to spend money on expensive in house PACS systems, or PACS upgrades. It extends the life of existing PACS systems by pushing the storage component off site, and converting it to a usage bases service built on a highly reliable, redundant, secure and HIPAA-compliant infrastructure.

Medweb’s Cloud Storage and Web based PACS conjoined with the HP EliteBook 8540w and HP EliteBook 8740w mobile workstations featuring the HP DreamColor LED-backlit display technology for enhanced brightness, resolution, color depth, and viewing angle allows diagnostic physicians and healthcare specialists access to exceptional, high quality images on the go.

About Medweb

Medweb has been setting the standard for Distributed RIS/PACS and Telemedicine for  22 years with the most innovative, easy to use solutions for a variety of government, healthcare and educational institutions. Medweb provides a scalable, patented web-based platform, fully customizable to meet the needs of clinical specialists and administrators. The company’s core products and solutions include RIS/PACS, teleradiology, general telemedicine and specialty applications for teledermatology, teleophthalmology and stroke evaluation.   For more information, visit www.medweb.com.

February 23, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.