March Networks™ Corporation
announced today that its telehealth equipment will be used in an upcoming
Mount Everest climb led by Canadian professional climber, Ben Webster.
Starting in March and continuing until mid-July, 2004, Mr. Webster and other
climbers on the expedition will use March Networks’ portable,
Bluetooth®-enabled telehealth equipment to record and track vital sign data in
a completely paperless system.
March Networks’ telehealth
applications have been developed using an open technologies approach that
enables an extensive array of uses. The Mount Everest expedition will use the
telehealth equipment to monitor the blood oxygen levels (SpO2), heart rates,
blood pressure and body temperatures of the climbers. The recorded data will
be stored on Bluetooth-enabled PDAs and ultimately transmitted via satellite.
The light-weight, portable
March Networks Health Monitoring Kit is fully equipped with the necessary
medical devices, and can operate independently of its companion Video Services
Gateway and videoconferencing cameras, which are typically used in home-based
telehealth applications for remote nursing visits. March Networks’ telehealth
technology is the only Bluetooth-enabled system available today that can
digitally collect vital sign data and transmit it wirelessly to the
Bluetooth-enabled PDAs in use during this climb.
Mr. Webster is making this
climb as part of a television documentary for the Discovery Channel, entitled
“The Everest Story” and is using the telehealth technology to better monitor
his team’s health as they push their physical limits in extreme conditions
during the trek.
“Having more information
available to all climbers is a vital element of a successful ascent,” states
Mr. Webster. “By using the wireless telehealth system we will not only see
first-hand how our bodies are reacting to the exertion, but we will also be
able to track the data, be cognizant of significant changes or trends, and be
able to make informed decisions based upon that information.”
More coming soon...