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Wound Technology Network Wins Award for Business and Technical Innovation

Wound Technology Network Wins Award for Business and Technical Innovation

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Wound Technology Network (WTN), the nation's leader in providing remote wound care services to the healthcare industry, today announced that it is the recipient of a 2006 3G A-List(TM) Award in recognition of WTN's business and technical innovation. The award was presented during the CTIA Wireless IT(R) & Entertainment 2006 conference in Los Angeles.

The 3G A-List(TM) Awards honor outstanding wireless implementations that demonstrate innovation, creativity and positive business impact. It also recognizes companies and organizations that have exceeded business objectives by introducing higher return on investment, reducing operating expenses, or increasing customer satisfaction using 3G CDMA wireless solutions.

"QUALCOMM is proud to recognize WTN for its outstanding achievements using a best-in-class mobility implementation based on 3G CDMA technology," said Kristin Taylor, senior director of enterprise business development for QUALCOMM. "In doing so, they have demonstrated the benefits of using 3G mobile technology to its full potential through real results such as increased business revenue and faster, more efficient operating processes."

Wound care is a $30 billion industry, accounting for about 5 percent of U.S. healthcare costs. WTN, a physician group practice and management company, utilizes the latest remote technology to bring specialized wound care to doctors' offices, hospitals, skilled nursing/assisted living facilities and private homes. By doing so, WTN provides a high level of interactive audio, data and visual sharing of patient information to on-location wound care for patients anytime, anywhere.

"Our service, as well as the future of patient-friendly and responsible wound care, requires caregivers to have remote, interactive access to health records, patient treatment visuals and expert advice," said George I. Pollack, chief operating officer of WTN. "To optimize the level of remote care, we needed to focus on data speed, accuracy and security features. EV-DO, which provides mobile broadband speeds, proved to be the answer."

WTN implemented Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess connectivity across existing laptops equipped with new 3G PC cards. Logitech Web cams were deployed for in-field video feedback using Polycom(R) software installed across a VPN to meet the encryption requirements of HIPAA. EV-DO allows WTN to do voice and video over IP to run its business operation.

"With the EV-DO link, we can conduct field visits anywhere with reliability because of the bandwidth expansion," Pollack says. "3G CDMA serves as the platform to stream video and voice in a dependable fashion, and we eliminate the need to hardwire any installations."

The 3G solution also gives WTN's physicians and health plans' medical management secure access to electronic medical records from virtually anywhere and allows continuous updating of evidence-based medicine and protocols, which has had a huge impact on improving patient outcomes and the cost of care. The scalable 3G solution provides flexibility for expansion and allows the company to track the devices and the individuals using them.

"As a result of this technology innovation, WTN has saved $30-40 million in wound care costs representing a cost reduction of 80 percent for the health plans that we serve," says Jeffrey Galitz, M.D., DPM, FACFAS, DABPS, chief executive officer of WTN. "We also have realized significant operational savings due to this technology. This innovative technology has facilitated a 10 percent per month growth rate. Without 3G CDMA, it would be impossible for us to operate our business model or move to the next level. In short, this has dynamically changed our ability to provide care."

In presenting the 3G A-List(TM) Award, QUALCOMM called WTN's success "an excellent example of 3G CDMA's value proposition for the broader healthcare industry, opening the door for similar remote care medical applications such as emergency medicine and other disease management areas."

Founded in 1999, WTN employs specialists including: surgeons, physicians, podiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified wound specialists and patient care coordinators that work in collaboration to provide care. The company currently serves Florida, California, and Nevada and is currently developing networks in 10 key states. Further information may be obtained at http://www.woundtech.net/.

QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. 3G A-List(TM) Awards is a trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Wound Technology Network

CONTACT: Ross Goldberg, +1-818-597-8453, [email protected], for Wound
Technology Network

Web site: http://www.woundtech.net/

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