Rubbermaid Healthcare, the leading provider of clinical workstations and mobile computing solutions for healthcare facilities, today announced its expansion into the telehealth space with the launch of the MEDI PORT solution. The solution is made available through a collaboration with Atlanta-based C PORT Solutions.
MEDI PORT is a line of powerful mobile computing platforms that combines high-definition video, audio and web conferencing, and interactive white board technology onto a single mobile device that can be rolled anywhere – the OR, ER, hospital inpatient rooms or outpatient clinic. The device allows remote medical specialists to view patients and provide expert counsel, especially important for rural clinics and field hospitals with limited medical staff. Live surgeries can be shared remotely for purposes of mentoring and training and better diagnoses are enabled via bedside access to patient data and web based resources.
“We are very excited about our expansion into the telehealth space as well as our collaboration with C PORT Solutions to support this endeavor,” said Dave Pirkle, president of Rubbermaid Healthcare. “Our goal as an organization is ‘to increase the capacity to care’ and that’s exactly what we’re setting out to do with the launch of the MEDI PORT solution. The mobility that the solution enables will help to ensure that everyone has access to the healthcare they need.”
The gap between the procedure room and access to the information and expertise required to ensure quality patient care often leads to delays in treatment, additional costs and potentially compromise patient outcomes. The MEDI PORT solution bridges that gap allowing doctors and other medical experts to collaborate, communicate and apply their knowledge to those who need it at a time and place where they need it most.
“We are proud to partner with Rubbermaid Healthcare and together, have specially configured Rubbermaid’s industry-leading medical cart to create the MEDI PORT,” Lee Hicks, founder and CEO of C PORT Solutions. “We’ve taken an advanced, affordable, easy-to-use platform for telemedicine and telehealth and made it mobile, resulting in a powerful platform that goes anywhere you need it. We look forward to working with Rubbermaid Healthcare to deliver products and solutions that are life-changing and life-enhancing.”
Driven by an aging population, increased requirements in remote locations and the need to control rising health care costs, the world market for telemedicine is growing at 7 to 8% per year and is expected to exceed $18 billion by 2015 according to Global Industry Analysts. Growth in the US market (currently $9.5 billion) has been further stimulated by federal grants to encourage telemedicine and develop telecommunications infrastructure.