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  Mt Everest 2004: Canadian Ben Webster


Update: Ben teammates include Shaunna Burke, Andrew Lock, and Hector Ponce de Leon...

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.”

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