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Nortel, Polycom Telepresence Solution Helps Hospitals Offer Better Care Anywhere


Includes Nortel Global Services for Network Operation, Management, Maintenance
ORLANDO, Fla. – Hospitals and other medical facilities can offer better patient care virtually anywhere with the latest Healthcare Telepresence Solutions from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and Polycom*, Inc. [NASDAQ: PLCM**].

These solutions empower healthcare providers to capitalize on Hyperconnectivity by creating multi-location virtual meetings so real that geographically dispersed physicians, surgeons, researchers and other professionals will almost believe they are in the same room. This can help them be more efficient and productive because it delivers most of the same benefits of in-person consultations without the time and expense of travel.

“No one else offers such a complete and open telepresence solution - including technology and services - to address the real-world challenges of today’s healthcare environments,” said Charles Salameh, vice president, Network Business Solutions, Nortel. “This includes real-time access to information and expertise regardless of location that can help improve patient care, reduce costs through greater efficiency, and improve overall productivity and effectiveness.”

Healthcare providers are saving critical time and enhancing productivity to better serve their patients in an increasingly demanding environment with innovative healthcare solutions like this one, built on unified communications technology and network managed services from Nortel.

Nortel (booth #6281) and Polycom** (booth #6785) are demonstrating Healthcare Telepresence and other Healthcare Solutions in Orlando, Fla. this week at HIMSS08, the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Nortel’s Healthcare Telepresence Solutions include standards-based telepresence and high-definition (HD) video conferencing from Polycom for telemedicine and clinical collaboration. They also include Nortel Multimedia Services like recording and archiving of clinical records and educational materials for re-use via the web and other media. Nortel can operate, manage and maintain this comprehensive solution on behalf of any healthcare provider with services from the Nortel Global Services portfolio.

“The outstanding quality of experience of our telepresence and HD video collaboration offerings is ideal for healthcare applications, where seeing and hearing people and content in fine detail is critical,” said Ron Emerson, global director, healthcare markets, Polycom. “Polycom and Nortel are delivering these solutions in combination with managed services to provide a complete, end-to-end solution for healthcare organizations.”

Polycom offers a number of telepresence and HD video collaboration solutions designed specifically for healthcare. This includes the mobile Polycom HDX Practitioner Cart**, which enables physicians to examine and diagnose remotely-located patients in real-time. It also includes a customizable version of the immersive Polycom RealPresence* Experience** (RPX*) HD for the operating room or classroom. Polycom also provides flexible, interactive video collaboration solutions for other healthcare and healthcare administration applications.

These standards-based solutions are part of the open Polycom UltimateHD* architecture, providing scalability, security and backward compatibility with legacy video conference equipment. As the only healthcare industry platform that delivers HD video, HD voice and simultaneous sharing of X-rays, microscope images, full-motion video and other HD multimedia content, Ultimate HD provides an unrivaled user experience.
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*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks. Polycom, UltimateHD, RealPresence and RPX are trademarks of Polycom, Inc.
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