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[February 26, 2013]

Polycom® RealPresence® Practitioner Cart® 8000 Now Available on the GSA Schedule

SAN JOSE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Polycom (News - Alert), Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the Polycom® RealPresence® Practitioner Cart® 8000, a new, ergonomic telemedicine cart, is now available for purchase by U.S. government agencies on the GSA (News - Alert) schedule.

The Polycom RealPresence Practitioner Cart 8000 is built upon Rubbermaid Healthcare's small and ligh ...

The Polycom RealPresence Practitioner Cart 8000 is built upon Rubbermaid Healthcare's small and lightweight mobile cart platform. The durable frame protects internal electronics from spills, is easy to clean, and provides a superior level of maneuverability and flexibility. (Photo: Business Wire)

The RealPresence Practitioner Cart 8000 is available on the GS-34F-0511T GSA vehicle through EC America, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of immixGroup, Inc.

The RealPresence Practitioner Cart helps address the need for government agencies and healthcare providers to bring expert care to patients quickly and cost-effectively, even if those patients are located far away from a major medical center. By engaging live with patients and on-site caregivers via secure high-definition (HD) video and audio, including viewing and sharing HD content and audio, medical professionals can improve remote consultations with patients to help save lives, time, and money, even in locations that don't have persistent access to high-speed bandwidth. The RealPresence Practitioner Cart is one of a full set of solutions - powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, the most interoperable and comprehensive UC&C software infrastructure for universal video collaboration - that empower medical experts and personnel to be where they are needed most, when they are needed most.

"As one of the largest healthcare providers in the world, the U.S. government is accelerating the adoption of telemedicine as it seeks to deliver quality care to citizens, the military and veterans around the world without the complexity and cost of transport to large medical centers, or the complicated logistics and significant time drain of sending specialists into the field," said Ron Emerson (News - Alert), global director of healthcare, Polycom. "With the Polycom RealPresence Practitioner Cart and the RealPresence Platform, healthcare providers can reach patients around the world at lower costs, faster, with an enterprise-grade solution that ties together virtually any type of video collaboration device, from practitioner carts to tablets and PCs."

Equipped with a simple-to-use, Polycom® HDX® 8000 video system and Polycom® EagleEye™ HD camera, the RealPresence Practitioner Cart enables greater productivity with HD video technology for sharp, clear images. Audio features such as Polycom StereoSurround&rade; and Polycom Music Mode™ technology more faithfully reproduces a broader range of frequencies for natural and crisp conversations, even over lower bandwidth connections. The new cart also satisfies the latest FDA Class I Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) requirement and utilizes the Polycom HDX 8000 codec engine that is Department of Defense Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (DoD UCAPL) certified, meeting the stringent security requirements for some of the most secure networks in the world.

Additional features include:

  • Mobility and Ergonomics. With a small, sturdy base, users can easily maneuver the cart in tight spaces and take full-stride steps when transporting the cart. To ensure video participants maintain eye-level contact, a powered electronic lift enables fast and easy height adjustments. A battery power system allows users to operate the cart anywhere network connectivity is available.
  • Medical Device Integration and Connection. Clinicians have a host of input options for connecting laptops and third-party medical peripheral devices, such as digital in-band stethoscopes and video scopes through an integrated, extensive plug-and-play side connection panel.
  • Security. The new cart protects patient data with AES encryption to assist in the compliance of HIPAA requirements, and secures contents with a keyless entry drawer and lockable storage bin. With a DoD UCAPL certified codec engine, the cart also meets the stringent security requirements for some of the most secure networks in the world.

About Polycom Healthcare Solutions

Healthcare organizations the world over are turning to Polycom video collaboration solutions to transform how they learn, teach, and deliver care. Polycom solutions eliminate the distances between patients and caregivers, between physicians and educators, and between medical facilities. Eight of the top 10 U.S. hospitals and all of the top 13 pharmaceutical companies worldwide are Polycom customers, using Polycom technology to reduce patient evaluation times, allow caregivers to treat patients remotely, improve medical education, enhance caregiver productivity and quality of life, streamline hospital operations, reduce costs, and ultimately help save lives.

About Polycom Public Sector

Polycom's collaborative video and voice conferencing technologies securely extend the reach of government, education and healthcare services to improve performance and mission success so that Public Sector organizations can thrive in the 21st century. Public Sector organizations depend on Polycom to provide rich, interactive, collaboration solutions that impact all facets of government, education and healthcare so information can be shared, decisions accelerated, and services delivered when and where they are needed most. Polycom's interoperable solutions address the major certifications, security requirements and regulations required to service Public Sector organizations, including FIPS 140-2 validation, IPv6, Unified Capabilities Approved Product List (UC APL) certifications, FDA Medical Device Data Systems (MDDS) Class 1 and Embedded Encryption Enabling HIPAA Compliance.

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com or connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn to learn how we're pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward.

NOTE: The product plans, specifications, and descriptions herein are provided for information only and subject to change without notice, and are provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied. Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and related specifications referenced herein are not guaranteed and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

© 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom's products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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