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Alcatel Announces Dynamic Health Care Solutions to Change Future of Patient Care


SAN DIEGO, February. 13 - Today at the HIMSS conference in San Diego, Alcatel (NYSE: ALA; Paris: CCEP.PA) is announcing a health care communications solution enabling physicians, nurses and medical staff to advance the workflow processes of health care delivery, creating more time for patients and improving the quality of care.

“Health care organizations such as ours are realizing there is a dynamic shift in the way care givers communicate, with today’s latest technology and the communications revolution having a direct impact on the quality of care,” said John Mertz, chief information officer at South Nassau Communities Hospital, a not-for-profit multi-facility health care organization located in Oceanside, NY. “Alcatel’s health care communication solution is providing our clinicians immediate access to information that allows them to deliver patients the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Alcatel is helping us realize the new era of health care delivery by enabling us to provide the highest level of care in the most cost effective manner.”

Alcatel’s end-to-end portfolio includes integrated voice, data, video and wireless communications solutions aimed at delivering quality, cost-efficient care to patients. These solutions are helping to evolve the dynamic health care communications model by taking patient care from a traditional ’physician-centric’ culture to a collaborative, team-based culture where every clinician has direct affect on care and impact on the bottom line.

Through this dynamic communications model, the Alcatel health care solution delivers access to information, provides status and availability of clinicians, and enables real-time collaboration resulting in improved patient care. Physicians can be called based on availability and specialty through a ’call by skill’ PDA feature. Even though the physician may be outside the hospital, the physician can gain access to data and hospital telephony services in order to conduct a patient consult in real-time.

“Alcatel’s communications and networking solutions function to evolve the business models of health care organizations and improve patient care while increasing revenues and profits,” said Chris Vuillaume, vice president of Marketing and Business Development for Alcatel Enterprise voice activities. “The Alcatel health care solution creates a real-time, dynamic communication network that provides multi-connectivity, flexibility, secure mobility, disaster recovery, and simplified management, all without compromising operational costs or the confidentiality of patients. In addition, new revenues are found by reducing missed appointments, increasing bed turns and asset utilization and delivering new services to the bed side to enhance patient stay in the hospital.”

More information can be found at Alcatel’s booth #424 at the HIMSS Conference taking place Feb. 13-16 in San Diego, CA or at

About Alcatel
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or to their employees. Alcatel leverages its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services to bring value to its customers in the framework of a broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


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