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ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc. Ranked Top Hand Carried Ultrasound Vendor in 2007

11/14/2007 7:29:39 AM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ZONARE Medical Systems, a developer of premium ultrasound systems, today announced it has been ranked as the top hand carried ultrasound (HCU) vendor in the inaugural KLAS HCU study. The company was ranked first in image quality, ergonomics and throughput, according to the survey, and second in reliability and durability.

"We are extremely pleased to receive this top HCU honor based on such a highly respected, independent survey," said Donald Southard, president and CEO for ZONARE. "To be rated as first in KLAS reflects on our commitment to meeting customer needs through innovation, excellent service and unique technology. Along with the significant growth of ZONARE since our first shipment in 2005, this recognition helps reconfirm the expanding acceptance of our proprietary Zone Sonography(TM) technology and Convertible Ultrasound(TM) platform."

The study was the result of KLAS' effort to uncover answers to a number of questions regarding the impact of HCU on the facilities and patient care. With independently reported growth of more than 40 percent in 2006 alone, HCU is the fastest growing segment within the overall ultrasound market and one of the fastest in all diagnostic imaging.

Zone Sonography technology has enabled ZONARE Medical Systems to bring its unique, patented Convertible Ultrasound platform to the industry providing premium image quality and performance together with greater portability at an attractive price to value ratio compared to conventional ultrasound systems. Clinicians are able to convert the system, at the touch of a button, from a full-featured, cart-based system into a premium compact ultrasound system, optimizing its versatility in a variety of clinical settings, without sacrificing image quality or performance.

The KLAS Hand-Carried Ultrasound study indicates that ZONARE provides an advanced ultrasound platform and high levels of service. In addition to meeting HCU needs, providers report that as ZONARE maintains its product quality and support scores while enhancing advanced imaging capabilities, the company also stands to position itself as a legitimate replacement system in the future to a broad range of full cart-based systems within their organizations.

Unlike most other HCU systems, the system's Zone Sonography software-based architecture allows its performance to continue to improve as greater processing power becomes available. System upgrades can be downloaded via the internet, allowing for fast, convenient advances in clinical capabilities, enabling clinicians to cost-effectively maintain a state of the art premium ultrasound system.

"We appreciate the financial and clinical investment our customers have made in selecting ZONARE for their ultrasound needs," said Mark Miller, vice president of sales and marketing for ZONARE. "We take every step to maximize this investment by providing ongoing upgrades to optimize clinical data and workflow efficiencies. The KLAS study provides an excellent measurement of our success in achieving this goal."

About KLAS

KLAS Enterprises, LLC, is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of information technology and medical imaging vendors in the healthcare field. KLAS has created a database of information on the performance of 300 vendors and 500 products, as judged by executives and clinicians from more than 4,500 healthcare facilities. The company gathers data through written evaluations and confidential interviews, and publishes results regularly. For more information on KLAS, visit Copyright (C) 2007 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

About ZONARE Medical Systems

ZONARE Medical Systems, Inc., is a privately-held company that designs, develops, and manufactures premium performance compact ultrasound solutions, which combine its proprietary technology with an innovative physical design. Zone Sonography technology, ZONARE's unique patented approach to ultrasound imaging, is focused on bringing premium image quality and performance to clinical settings, leading to advanced diagnostic capabilities, portability, cost-effective operation, maintenance and upgrades, and attractive value to clinicians. For more information, please visit our web site at

CONTACT: Laurie Hallwyler of ZONARE Medical Systems, +1-650-248-9081,

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