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Orange, 3M launch "intra-oral" digital camera

Iain Morris
December 17, 2014
Orange Business Services is to provide a range of digital services to healthcare player 3M.

Besides hosting 3M’s medical applications and patient information on its cloud platform, the operator will also support 3M’s rollout of a new digital scanner developed by the company’s oral care business unit.

The service is described as an “intra-oral digital camera” and is intended to provide accurate digital scans and handle data transmission to production centers where 3D printers are used to produce prosthetic and orthodontic works or moldings.

Orange (Paris, France) says the solution will provide better patient care, save time and maximize the comfort offered to dentists, orthodontists, dental technicians and patients.

According to the French operator, the provision of new e-health technologies is helping 3M (St Paul, MN, USA) to transform its entire healthcare business.

One challenge the company faced was in deploying services throughout Europe while complying with local regulations.

Orange says its solution helped 3M to overcome these difficulties.

“With flexible computing hardware, we support the introduction of the new 3M e-health platform and actively contribute to its integration to a connected market,” said Thierry Zylberberg, the director of Orange Healthcare. “We are particularly proud of this collaboration with 3M, which comes at an important time in their history.”

3M described the Orange hosting technology as a perfect fit for its development strategy.

“As a major player on this market, 3M must comply with all legal frameworks to offer to its customers improved security levels and ease of use,” said Karim Mansour, the general manager of health markets for 3M France. “In addition, the protection of health data is a sensitive issue, and that's why 3M wished to partner with a globally recognized partner.”