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Digi Enables Almerys’ Critical Cardiology Telehealth Application In France

Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced that Almerys, a subsidiary of Orange Business Services, uses the ConnectPort® X3, Digi TransPort® WR41 and Device Cloud by Etherios™ to add wireless functionality to its cardiology telehealth pilot project in the Auvergne region of France.

“The early warning and resulting swift responses associated in monitoring weight loss in patients have helped us avert 600 health crises, and in some critical cases, helped us save lives,” said Dr. Jean Cassagnes M.D., cardiologist and medical director at Cardiauvergne.

For patients suffering from heart disease, changes in body weight are a crucial indicator of their health and response to treatment. While remote monitoring for patient weight warning signs to avert emergency hospitalization is a simple solution, it improves patient outcomes and has massive cost-saving implications for health care systems worldwide.

Since the Cardiauvergne project began in September 2011, 315 patients have been monitored and Cardiauvergne has responded to 600 alarms. Patient information is sent to a Central Coordination Unit, which liaises with pharmacies, emergency services, and to the patient’s designated mobile nurse who can access data via a smartphone. Response actions facilitated by the project have ranged from calling the patient, sending in a nurse or doctor, or in critical cases, arranging emergency hospitalization.

The core solution uses a weighing scale connected to a ConnectPort X3 wireless gateway to record and transmit patient data to the Central Coordination Unit. Many of the pilot’s patients reside in rural areas with limited Internet infrastructure and no 3G or RTT network, in which case the Digi TransPort WR41 router is also used to transfer the weight data via the fixed line network. The gateway and router form a communication link via cellular networks that allows the solution to operate “out-of-the-box” wherever it is placed. Because the communication protocol used does not depend on an Internet connection, the solution can easily be scaled.

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