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AirStrip OB Receives FDA Clearance on BlackBerry


4/7/2009 8:52:59 AM

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AirStrip Technologies today announced that its signature product, AirStrip OB™, has received FDA clearance for use on the BlackBerry™.

Airstrip OB is the innovative mobile medical software application that sends vital waveform data, including fetal heart tracings and maternal contraction patterns, in virtual real time directly from the hospital’s labor and delivery unit to the obstetrician’s handheld mobile device. The data can be accessed anytime, from anywhere the doctor gets a cell-phone connection.

“AirStrip OB’s availability for the BlackBerry is part of our larger goal to be available on a growing number of handheld, convergent mobile devices,” said Trey Moore, CTO and co-founder of AirStrip Technologies. “FDA clearance is the result of months of complex work on the part of our technical team to ensure the application meets stringent federal standards.”

The only application of its kind available in the U.S., AirStrip OB is now installed in a growing number of hospitals and is in use by a large number of obstetricians on a variety of Windows Mobile™ handheld devices.

The AirStrip OB adoption rate by physicians within the AirStrip install base increased four-fold in a recent 12-month period, with doctors demonstrating consistent usage 24 hours a day.

“AirStrip OB is the culmination of our pioneering effort to improve patient safety through stronger communication between caregivers, while simultaneously reducing the potential risk of litigation for doctors and hospitals,” Moore added. “More and more busy doctors are telling us how AirStrip OB is helping to set a new standard of care for labor and delivery - allowing them to review patient data while they are temporarily away from the labor and delivery unit.”

AirStrip Technologies is now in beta testing for similar applications in the areas of critical care and cardiology, with a goal of seeking FDA clearance for those applications later this year.

“Ultimately, any physician who manages patients in high acuity areas – including labor and delivery, the intensive care unit, operating room and the emergency room – will be able to utilize an AirStrip application to access critical data on their mobile device anytime, anywhere,” said AirStrip President Dr. Cameron Powell.

AirStrip officials made the BlackBerry announcement today while exhibiting at the Annual HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Conference and Exhibition in Chicago. HIMSS is the healthcare industry's membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems.

About AirStrip Technologies, L.P.: Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, AirStrip Technologies is a pioneer in mobile medical software applications designed to work across any platform to improve patient safety and reduce risk in the healthcare setting. AirStrip Technologies engages, consults and employs leading technology and medical experts to ensure their products are the best in the industry. The core technology team is committed to bringing best-of-breed products to the market that enhance the ability of physicians and healthcare professionals to perform their work on a daily basis with the added assurances that their patients are being provided the best care available. Visit www.airstriptech.com for more information.

Contact:

For AirStrip Technologies, L.P. Chris Lato Avicom Marketing Communications Tel: 262.547.8000 chris.lato@avicomdirect.com www.avicomdirect.com


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