HealthSpot adds Sprint 4G, e-stethoscope to kiosks

By Brian Dolan
04:44 pm

HealthSpot Care Station Sprint 4GDublin, Ohio-based HealthSpot inked a deal with Sprint to add wireless connectivity to its primary and specialty care kiosks, called HealthSpot Care4 Stations, that are designed for pharmacies, supermarkets, and workplaces. The kiosks are fully enclosed to provide a private setting for remote care. Patients using the kiosk can visit with doctors in real-time via high-definition videoconferencing running over Sprint's 4G network. The kiosks come equipped with digital medical devices that allow doctors to collect health information during the remote visits.

This week HealthSpot announced a deal with 3M Littmann to include the company's Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 in HealthSpot's kiosks. The stethoscope will enable clinicians to listen in real-time to critical body sounds during remote examinations of patients using the medical kiosks.

Last year 3M Littmann announced that it was working with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to equip its astronauts with the 3M Littmann Scope-to-Scope Tele-Auscultation System on-board at the International Space Station (ISS). The system would allow physicians on the ground to hear the actual heartbeat of astronauts in space in real-time. At the time, JAXA planned to use the system for coronary tone data collection in a series of autonomic nervous activity rhythm experiments set to be carried out onboard the ISS. The tests were to include linking Earth-based medical professionals with the astronauts inside Kibo, Japan’s first manned space lab.

More on the HealthSpot deal with Sprint in the press release below:

PRESS RELEASE: OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 16, 2012 – Sprint today announced a new agreement with HealthSpot, Inc. to embed wireless connectivity for the HealthSpot Care4 Station. Together Sprint and HealthSpot will deliver a true integration of telemedicine and primary care, allowing patients access to high-quality, convenient and affordable medical care in the community or workplace.

The HealthSpot Care4 Station is a fully enclosed kiosk that delivers primary and specialty care in private settings such as pharmacies, supermarkets and workplaces. The Care4 Station increases convenient care options like extended hours and physician availability while also bringing healthcare access to remote and underserved populations. The private medical kiosk connects patients to doctors over real-time, high-definition videoconferences with wireless technology. Digital medical devices integrated into the unit allow doctors to collect vital health information. Patient information, video, prescriptions, appointment scheduling and visit records can be transmitted securely over the Sprint 4G network.

"Sprint is focused on providing enabling technologies to empower caregivers and organizations seeking on-site wellness solutions, thus driving the transformation to a more consumer-driven system and bridging the gap as healthcare evolves to a more virtual model," said Wayne Ward, vice president -- Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. "Working with innovative companies such as HealthSpot to enable the potential of M2M (machine-to-machine) technology to improve patient wellness and physician efficiency in an on-demand setting is just one example of how connected solutions are changing the way we work and live."

Todd Churchill, chief technology officer of HealthSpot, said "We've optimized our remote care delivery platform to work seamlessly over Sprint wireless networks for an exceptional consumer experience. We're excited to work with a leader in connectivity like Sprint to deploy our solution. This allows us to connect our Care4 Stations nationwide, bringing patients the ultimate in convenient secure healthcare at employer sites, retail locations and more."

To learn more about the HealthSpot Care4 Station, view this video.

Sprint has sales, engineering, product development and marketing resources in place with a deep history and extensive experience within the healthcare industry. The team understands the industry, standards of practice and care delivery. A key element of Sprint's commitment to healthcare is embedding wireless connectivity into innovative healthcare solutions through M2M technology. For more information, visit .

HealthSpot will be featured in Sprint's booth at the HIMSS12 Conference and Expo. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society will hold their annual conference Feb. 20 -- 24 at the Venetian Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. Sprint will have telehealth experts on hand in booth #3055 to talk about mobility management, M2M infrastructure and business continuity.

About the Sprint Emerging Solutions Group

With more than a dozen years of experience with M2M, Sprint has been at the forefront of this wireless industry revolution, teaming with and supporting a large and diverse portfolio of innovative companies to create smarter wireless solutions that change the way people work and live. In 2010 Sprint opened the Sprint M2M Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif., a hands-on, interactive lab where ideas knowledge and technology unite to produce wirelessly enabled M2M concepts and products. Last year Sprint also introduced the Sprint Command Center, a Web-based portal that allows businesses with Sprint wireless-connected products the ability to manage, activate and de-activate each device. Sprint's M2M leadership has earned prestigious third-party validation -- including the top-ranked North American M2M provider (and second-ranked carrier overall among 12 global service providers) by Analysys Mason, and the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Customer Value Enhancement Award in North America for Machine to Machine Communications.

To learn more, visit .

About HealthSpot, Inc.

HealthSpot is a health and technology company based in Dublin, Ohio. The company was founded in 2010 with the goal of increasing access to affordable healthcare while enhancing the patient experience. HealthSpot has built a telemedicine practice management platform that connects doctors and pharmacists to patients, delivering a first-of-its-kind consumer experience through its Care4 Station. HealthSpot empowers healthcare professionals to offer a wide range of medical services in convenient locations like pharmacies and retail settings in the heart of where patients live and work.

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About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and .

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