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GeaCom unveils high-speed handheld device for remote patient care

Iain Morris
May 21, 2014
Device developers GeaCom and Telit have unveiled a handheld device that gathers patient data and allows healthcare providers to interact with patients using advanced connectivity services.

GeaCom (Duluth, MN, USA) says it teamed up with Telit (London, UK) on the development of the Phrazer because the latter company’s hardware supports the delivery of high-speed mobile data connectivity, opening up new service opportunities in the healthcare sector.

GeaCom claims the Phrazer can provide a hospital-level of care to patients in remote locations around the world.

In particular, it allows healthcare providers to carry out videoconferencing and to control each device remotely.

The company also says the use of “culturally relevant on-screen caregivers” allows healthcare providers to get the most accurate information from patients.

With that feature, providers can offer the same high level of care to patients regardless of languages, literacy levels, gender or background, said GeaCom.

The Phrazer is compliant with US regulations, features an antimicrobial case and has been designed to be intrinsically safe, added the company.

It works by instantly inserting patient data into the correct fields of the clinician’s EMR system and real-time audio updates provide the caregiver with timely and critical patient information.

“We selected Telit … because it provides high-speed performance on [3G] networks,” said Mat Johnson, Geacom’s founder and chief executive. “Moreover variants having the same … form factor will allow us to market Phrazer globally.”

“The combination of form factor and high data rates are ideal for a compact product like Phrazer that handles multi-stream audio and videoconferencing traffic,” he added.
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