ZOLL First among Defibrillator Manufacturers to Sign Pledge to Make Patient Data Available to Reduce Preventable Deaths

  ZOLL First among Defibrillator Manufacturers to Sign Pledge to Make Patient
  Data Available to Reduce Preventable Deaths

  Pledge Made at the Masimo Foundation Patient Safety, Science & Technology
      Summit Encourages Others Share Health Data to Improve Patient Care

Business Wire

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- January 28, 2013

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related
software solutions, announced today that ZOLL is the first major defibrillator
manufacturer to publicly pledge the sharing of patient data to reduce
preventable deaths. ZOLL encourages other industry leaders to join the medical
device pledge to share patient data in an effort to stem the rising tide of
unwarranted fatalities at U.S. hospitals.

By breaking down the walls of data ownership and making medical devices
interoperable for the sharing of patient data, device manufacturers can open
the gateway for clinicians and nurses to access real-time information. For
example, if EMS services are able to transmit 12-lead EKG data to a receiving
hospital in advance of a cardiac arrest patient’s arrival, better patient care
decisions can be made faster and with accuracy. This requires data-sharing
between a ZOLL defibrillator and a non-ZOLL data system or vice versa.

According to Richard A. Packer, CEO of ZOLL, making this pledge at the Patient
Safety, Science & Technology Summit earlier this month in Laguna Beach,
Calif., strongly aligns with the company’s existing philosophy. “Our products
have always been open-architecture. As the leader in pre-hospital data
systems, making data available is a no brainer. It’s all about connecting our
devices to everyone’s devices to help improve patient care.”

“From a patient perspective, providing data from ZOLL devices and integrating
the information to other devices is doing the best we can for the patient.
It’s that simple,” he said. “We view data sharing as an incremental tool that
we can use to try to expand the openness we’ve always had and to work within
the health care system in the interest of patient safety.”

ZOLL provides software development kits for all its products that allow
programmers to access data collected by ZOLL products for a range of uses, but
issues arise in integrating that data into other clinical systems. Barriers
exist when ZOLL tries to integrate its data with systems from other companies
in the emergency medical marketplace whose systems are not open-architecture
and keep their data inaccessible.

“Hopefully, others will recognize the value to patient outcomes and take this
pledge to make the physiological parameters displayed in their companies’
products available to anyone or any entity that wants to use it to improve
patient care,” said Packer.

About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets
medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and
save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With
products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data
management, fluid resuscitation, and therapeutic temperature management, ZOLL
provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and
fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resuscitation and
critical care. For more information, visit www.zoll.com.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by holding
company Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the chemicals and fibers, homes
and construction materials, electronics, and health care business sectors. Its
health care operations include devices and systems for critical care,
dialysis, therapeutic apheresis, transfusion, and manufacture of
biotherapeutics, as well as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents, and
nutritional products. With more than 25,000 employees around the world, the
Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more
information, visit www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/.

Copyright © 2013 ZOLL Medical Corporation. All rights reserved. ZOLL is a
registered trademark of ZOLL Medical Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries. Asahi Kasei is a registered trademark of Asahi Kasei
Corporation. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact:

ZOLL Medical Corporation
Diane Egan, +1 978-421-9637