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Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital Launches RFID-based Asset Tracking Solution from Exavera and PCTS


Integrated Real-Time Location System poised to improve workflow and cut costs at Las Vegas healthcare facility

 

December 6, 2006 (Portsmouth, NH and Mission Viejo, CA) Exavera Technologies Incorporated and Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS) today announced their successful implementation of an integrated Real-Time Location System (RTLS) at the Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Harmon, a 118-bed sub-acute care facility, is part of the Fundamental LTC family of healthcare facilities. The hospital's staff will use the browser-based solution to locate nearly 300 assets in both clinical and non-clinical areas throughout the entire hospital.

 

At the core of the solution is Exavera's eShepherd™ Location Services solution, which includes RFID tags and readers as well as intelligent software to calculate the whereabouts of tagged items. PCTS' Amelior Tracker ™ software represents an intuitive end-user interface that allows hospital staff to locate a wide array of clinical and non-clinical assets, including pumps, wheelchairs, telemetry equipment and even maintenance tools from any computer on the hospital network. Amelior Tracker also offers the analytical tools to optimize asset usage and inventory.

 

“At Fundamental, we're always seeking out new ways to allow our talented staff to focus on their job of providing outstanding care for our patients,” said Scott Hillegass, vice president at Fundamental Long Term Care . “With the deployment of the Exavera/PCTS solution, we will be minimizing the time our healthcare professionals spend searching for the tools of the trade, in turn maximizing their time as caregivers.”

 

“The deployment at Harmon is our most exciting to date, as our partnership with Patient Care Technology Systems takes the value of our solution to all new levels,” said Scott Zeller, vice president of corporate affairs at Exavera. “The insight we provide coupled with the analytical tools inherent in the Amelior suite translates to an optimized workflow model and significant cost savings for any hospital.”

 

From any nurse's station throughout the hospital, staff members can search for a specific item or the nearest of a particular type of asset. The results are shown both as a text-based report sorted by location and as a “dot-on-a-map” visual representation. When clicking on a particular item, the asset record appears, including information such as manufacturer, serial number, and calibration or maintenance notes. In the second phase of the deployment, security alerts will be delivered to appropriate staff members when certain items are leaving the building. Furthermore, through the analysis of location history, asset utilization and inventory can be significantly improved.

 

“There is a great deal of excitement around here, as this system solves the universal problem in hospitals of finding a particular piece of equipment when you need it,” said Jan Vinson, clinical director at Harmon.

 

  “We are pleased to be partnering with Exavera's RFID infrastructure,” said Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. “The ease with which our solutions have integrated demonstrates their flexibility to support the diversity of workflow processes in healthcare environments.”

 

About Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital and Fundamental

Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital is a 118-bed sub-acute care facility. At Harmon Medical and Rehabilitation Hospital patients are cared for by a highly skilled professional staff, which includes Physicians, Registered Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and Dietitians. Harmon is part of the Fundamental LTC family of healthcare facilities.

 

About Exavera Technologies

Exavera Technologies Incorporated combines RFID and WLAN technologies to build advanced networks that enable the identification, location and tracking of people and assets. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the company focuses on using the insight provided by their solution to automate processes and optimize workflow. For more information, visit www.exavera.com


About Patient Care Technology Systems

Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR) provides hospitals with intelligent workflow solutions to improve patient flow and to reduce the risk of medical errors. The company's Amelior ™ software suite includes Amelior ED ™, a comprehensive emergency department information system, and automatic patient and asset tracking software for the emergency department, perioperative suite, and enterprise-wide.  Amelior automatic tracking solutions are compatible with all leading locating hardware including infrared, RFID, ultra-wideband and Wi-Fi.  PCTS customers have been recognized nationally for improvements in efficiency and clinical excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com .


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. PCTS and CSLR caution you that any statements contained in this press release which are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to PCTS's and CSLR's expectations regarding continued business growth. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, (copies of which may be obtained at the SEC's website at: http://www.sec.gov -- could impact the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PCTS and CSLR disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in PCTS and CSLR's expectations, or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those set forth in the forward- looking statements.


Patient Care Technology Systems Announces Integration of Exavera RFID Tracking Technologies


Companies Sign Agreement to Co-Market Solutions to Hospitals


May 16, 2006 (Mission Viejo, CA) – Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a provider of advanced charting and tracking systems announced today the integration of their automatic patient and asset tracking software with the wireless  location-services suite from Exavera Technologies Incorporated.  The companies have signed an agreement to market their combined solution to hospitals. PCTS will be demonstrating its automatic tracking software at the Towards the Electronic Patient Record conference in Baltimore on May 20-24.

Healthcare providers seeking to improve patient safety and optimize workflow are adopting technologies that can identify, locate and track patients and mobile medical equipment automatically without requiring manual updates by busy caregivers.  PCTS automatic tracking software provides real-time patient location and care status information by integrating with most major tracking hardware platforms including infrared, active RFID, ultra wideband and WiFi.  Identification and location messages are sent to the software by tracking tags placed with people and assets. The software uses rules-based intelligence to measure interactions between staff, patients and mobile medical equipment to identify patient care milestones. This information helps caregivers to anticipate resource needs and to streamline patient flow. Movement and interactions are time-stamped to provide detailed data for further analysis of department utilization.

Exavera provides locating hardware and a wireless method of sending data that can be integrated with the PCTS software.  The system uses cost-effective RFID-enabled devices to communicate with a hospital's network to provide an affordable information delivery solution. Marketed as the eShepherd™ system, it is a complete delivery network that includes tags, readers and access points.

“We are pleased to integrate the eShepherd™ system with PCTS automatic tracking software,” stated Scott Zeller, co-founder and vp of corporate affairs for Exavera.  “Our relationship with PCTS is yet another way for us to seamlessly deliver our value to the end-users in a healthcare environment.”

“PCTS automatic tracking s oftware is designed to work with all major locating hardware platforms,” said Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. “We are very pleased to expand the breadth of options to include Exavera. Their ability to integrate RFID-enabled devices with a WiFi network represent s an exciting new capability.”

PCTS will be hosting a special interactive automatic tracking event at the 22nd annual Towards the Electronic Patient Record conference in Baltimore on May 20-24. Registered conference attendees can wear tracking badges to id entify and track the location of fellow participants, conference & event staff and mock mobile medical equipment throughout the exhibit hall and lecture rooms. The event will provide a dynamic, first-hand experience of the capabilities of automatically tracking in a virtual healthcare enterprise. For more information, please visit www.tepr.com/rfid

About Patient Care Technology Systems

Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASD AQ: CSLR) is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of patient safety solutions in the high acuity segments of healthcare. Featuring the A melior ED™ patient care system, a comprehensive ED information system with clinical decision support, and Amelior EDTracker™ automatic tracking, the most widely implemented automatic  tracking system in U.S. emergency departments, PCTS provides a family of integrated and intelligent solutions designed to reduce medical errors and improve the operating performance of high acuity departments.  Amelior patient care system customers have been recognized nationally for department productivity and nursing excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com .

About Exavera Technologies Incorporated
Exavera Technologies Incorporated combines RFID and WLAN technologies to build advanced networks that enable the identification, location an d tracking of people and assets. Headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the company focuses on using the insight provided by their solution to automate processes and optimize workflow.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws. PCTS and CSLR caution you that any statements contained i n this press release which are not strictly historical statements constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to PCTS ' s and CSLR ' s expectations regarding continued business growth. T hese statements are neither promises nor guarantees, and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, (copies of which may be obtained at the SEC's website at: http://www.sec.gov ) -- could impact the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Readers should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. PCTS and CSLR disclaim any obligation to publi c ly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in PCTS and CSLR ' s expectations, or in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from thos e set forth in the forward-looking statements.



Exavera Completes Integration with Parco Wireless' API and SDK


Portland, ME -- FEBRUARY 8, 2006 -- Exavera Technologies and Parco Wireless have collaborated to develop new integrated asset and personnel tracking packages designed to reduce the overall cost of RFID ownership to hospitals. Featuring converged wireless systems, the combined solution will enable hospitals to deploy RFID tracking systems into more areas within the facility at substantial savings.


Exavera's VeraFi Access Reading Points combine RFID and WiFi technologies to communicate with 915 MHz tags, and intelligently deliver information throughout the wireless network. Parco Wireless has been the industry leader in providing advanced active tracking technologies including Ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies, passive RFID readers and tags, and WiFi.


"Exavera and Parco's systems target different price/performance points by design, and are therefore best suited for different use cases," stated Scott Zeller, co-founder and VP of corporate affairs for Exavera. "Interoperability between our products enables the flexibility to custom-tailor an installation to fit the client's specific needs. Now hospitals can enjoy the efficiency and value of Exavera's cost-effective RFID tracking solutions in certain areas of the hospital and deploy Parco in areas such as the Emergency Department or OR where a higher degree of resolution is required."


Parco recently announced the commercial release of Version 2.0 of its RTLS Application Programmer Interface, Webservices and Software Developer Kit. The release of Version 2.0 included upgrades of affiliated software packages and improvements. Using the latest version of the SDK, Exavera and Parco software engineers successfully integrated Exavera's data streams into the Parco tracking application. The new version of the SDK allows for specific data classes for real time and general proximity data. The use of the Parco SDK and geospatial approach provides Exavera with a scalable solution for handling campus-wide tracking systems.


"The hospital markets have been needlessly underserved by all of the competing tracking technologies offered to them. They were forced to pay for services that couldn't flex to the various requirements throughout their environment", states Scott Cohen, CEO of Parco Wireless. "Today we proudly announce the integration of two very exciting tracking technologies into one seamless product allowing ‘best of breed' tracking which enables true ‘edge to enterprise' tracking capabilities at a lower cost. Our approach will make the decision as to which tracking solution to buy much easier for the hospital. They are getting the best of both 915 MHz-based technology and the UWB world," says Cohen.


About Parco Wireless
Parco Merged Media is a privately held company headquartered in Portland, Maine. The company has emerged as the industry leader for the health care and safety industry providing the most accurate and reliable tracking systems available to hospitals. Parco is the only one-source wireless health care communication systems provider using FCC approved UWB devices and open platform software designs. Parco's wireless healthcare communication software suite includes middleware, an application programmer's interface, and wireless operating system and software development kits.

 

 

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