Orange Business Services and Weinmann develop homecareONLINE, an end-to-end telemedicine solution for sleep apnea patients

  Orange Business Services and Weinmann develop homecareONLINE, an end-to-end
  telemedicine solution for sleep apnea patients

Solution improves health care services for sleep apnea patients, satisfies new
 compliance requirements, and enables assessment of patients’ conditions and
                          disorder treatment at home

Business Wire

PARIS & HAMBURG, Germany -- September 5, 2013

In close cooperation, Orange Business Services and Weinmann, a global
manufacturer of therapeutic system solutions in sleep medicine and
ventilation, have developed homecareONLINE, a fully-integrated, end-to-end
connected medical device solution for sleep therapy. This solution will be
first commercialized in France starting October 2013.

Sleep apnea effects can be improved by CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway
Pressure) devices prescribed by healthcare professionals. With homeCareONLINE,
clinically useful data is collected from patients through Weinmann CPAP
devices in strict compliance with e-health regulations and international data
protection guidelines. Data is hosted on “Flexible Computing Santé,” Orange
Business Services’ infrastructure as a service solution dedicated to medical
data. The data, including graphical representations, is available through a
secure application to registered users and official healthcare system

homecareONLINE supports homecare providers to improve their patient care and
working processes as well as to optimize patient reimbursement. It provides
the opportunity to homecare providers to get close to their patients without
travelling and also fulfills the latest regulatory requirements. Indeed, an
increasing number of governments and public health systems are requiring that
medical equipment manufacturers such as Weinmann include remote monitoring
capability for the therapy device in order to be covered by medical insurance
or for reimbursement.

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep-related respiratory disorder which causes
daytime sleepiness possibly leading to road accidents, but also impairs the
cardio-vascular system, being an important risk factor for myocardial
infarction and stroke.

In order to meet Weinmann’s targeted market launch, Orange Business Services
helped to develop homecareONLINE in six months relying on its wide expertise
in both machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions and e-health. The solution is based
on a communication module integrated into Weinmann CPAP devices which sends
device usage and clinical data information via the secure Orange network to a
“Connected Health Center”. This cloud platform enables the seamless, automatic
and secure flow of data from patients to care providers who can access them
via a secure Web portal. The efficient development of the solution was also
permitted by Intelligent Apps Enabler, Orange Business Services’ platform to
develop M2M applications.

Dr. Karl-Andreas Feldhahn, CTO at Weinmann, said: "We chose Orange Business
Services as our partner for this solution for several reasons. Orange is the
only service provider that could rollout a cloud-based platform that is
scalable and flexible. With Orange, we just have one partner for all tasks –
SIM connection, application development and integration, hosting services as
well as service management – all on a one-stop-shop basis. Orange Business
Services' global presence and reach enabling uniform e-health services across
countries is a critical factor for us, allowing us to make available scalable
monitoring services for our medical equipment via a secure, private network to
our customers in many countries."

"In only six months and thanks to an excellent, intense cooperation with the
customer, we implemented with Weinmann a very innovative M2M solution that is
exemplary for many other M2M healthcare applications,” said Dr.Helmut
Reisinger, senior vice president for Europe, Russia andCIS,  Orange Business
Services. "With an increasing drive to enhance patients’ healthcare, manage
related costs and meet emerging regulations, market leaders like Weinmann have
assumed a pioneering role in M2M healthcare applications. Orange is pleased
that we could contribute our M2M and healthcare expertise in order to create
an innovative solution for Weinmann that will be used at the global level."

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a
leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational
corporations. With the world's largest, seamless network for voice and data,
Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local
support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services
covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified
communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services
delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape.
Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an
Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and
conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom
industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 –
Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award. Orange
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Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual
sales of €43.5 billion in 2012 and has 168,000 employees worldwide at June 30,
2013. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New
York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

About Weinmann

Weinmann develops, produces and markets therapeutic system solutions for
ventilation and sleep medicine in 55 countries through subsidiaries in St.
Petersburg, Paris-Igny, Shanghai and Neuenhof near Zurich; representative
offices in Singapore and Venezuela; and partners in many other key markets.

Founded in 1874 by Gottlieb Weinmann as a precision mechanics company in
Ludwigshafen, Weinmann initially concentrated on the production of fine
mechanical fittings for oxygen devices. The expansion of the medical
technology product palette came when Karl and Vera Feldhahn assumed control of
the company and Dr. Joachim Griefahn joined the business at the end of the
1960s. Innovations such as the emergency case Quick-O2-Med, the ULM CASE for
first aid treatment of emergency patients and the MEDUMAT ventilator with
portable system made their mark in emergency medicine. In 1977 the company
moved to current company headquarters in Hamburg-Stellingen.

At the end of the 1980s Weinmann expanded its fields of business to include
the home care segment. The company was the first German manufacturer to
produce a CPAP device for the treatment of sleep disorders.

Several ground-breaking medical products followed, including expansion of the
SOMNO, VENTI and JOYCE product lines in Homecare and growth of the MEDUMAT
respirator family in Emergency. In mid-2013 Weinmann split into two
independent companies. Weinmann Homecare focuses on ventilation and sleep
medicine while WEINMANN Emergency concentrates on emergency medical systems
solutions. Learn more at

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Orange Business Services
Elizabeth Mayeri, +1 212 251 2086
Sylvie Duho, +33 1 44 44 93 93
Weinmann Contact for Telemedicine
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