SAN JOSE, Calif. and St. Paul, MN – September 13, 2012 — Cisco, a world leader in developing and supplying communications products, equipment and solutions, and 3M, a diversified technology company, announced today that the 3M™ Littmann® Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 has been tested for use with the Cisco HealthPresence® system.
3M and Cisco, working together, expands the existing array of devices that have been tested to function with Cisco HealthPresence thus providing an improvement in the remote delivery of healthcare, globally. Cisco HealthPresence care-at-a-distance solution represents significant advances in technology and telecommunication techniques, effectively delivering remote health care 24/7 by integrating high-definition video, third-party medical devices, collaboration tools and clinical applications.
In turn, Littmann stethoscopes are reputed for their acoustic performance and used by millions of clinicians worldwide. The Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 has won numerous industry awards for delivering high quality auscultation sounds at both a local patient site and a remote consulting physician site. Integration of Littmann electronic stethoscopes with the Cisco HealthPresence system will provide the remote consulting physician the ability to listen to the same heart and lung sounds that he/she would hear if conducting an in-person examination, demonstrating a significant leap in remote health care capabilities.
"We are excited by the collaboration with 3M, a company renowned for its high quality stethoscopes, and Cisco, a global leader in networking," said Vishal Gupta, vice president and general manager, Global Healthcare Solutions, Cisco. "We believe this collaboration will accelerate adoption of Cisco HealthPresence and create more choices for health care providers."
With this partnered offering, doctors no longer need to visit a dedicated telemedicine room to connect with patients; they can now consult with patients using high-quality devices such as Littmann stethoscopes on a laptop supported by Internet connection on the HealthPresence platform. Remote "clinical examination" is now possible in a seamless manner with the option of integrating with existing clinical applications.
"Cisco is a leader in telemedicine with a global network, said Bob Kody, 3M Littman global business director. "We are excited to integrate Littmann stethoscopes with the Cisco HealthPresence system, which provides consulting physicians a convenient way to care for patients, and now the ability to access heart and lung sounds."
Currently, 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes are being deployed with two lead customers of the Cisco HealthPresence solution and will be available to customers on a broader basis later this year.
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