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January 17, 2013

Cisco Unveils New 'Connected Health' Offerings, HealthPresence 2.5

Cisco today announced the global availability of "Cisco Services for Connected Health" and "Cisco Architectures for Connected Health." The two new connected health offerings are meant to fulfill the need in the healthcare industry for software and services which enable efficient, convenient, high-quality patient care, as well as collaboration in the industry.

The company also unveiled HealthPresence 2.5, a software-driven version of Cisco HealthPresence.

Cisco HealthPresence 2.5 is a telehealth collaboration platform that provides a mechanism for delivering healthcare to more patients, while enabling customers to build a scalable, flexible telehealth network to enhance productivity and improve clinical workflow. Key features of this offering include standards-based connectivity to third party medical devices; standards-based videoconferencing with the flexibility to use any endpoint that support standard SIP/H.323 video protocols; the freedom to choose any hardware; and flexible deployment.

"Cisco HealthPresence 2.5 offers our customers incredible flexibility to build the right solution for their telehealth initiatives," said David Plummer, global business leader for Cisco HealthPresence, in a statement. "By unbundling the solution and offering Cisco HealthPresence software as a standalone offering, Cisco now enables customers to build telehealth networks using the hardware that best suits their needs."

Meanwhile, Cisco Services for Connected Health" and "Cisco Architectures for Connected Health" enable healthcare providers to build a robust, highly secure and scalable infrastructure with which to deliver healthcare. These new offerings include Cisco advisory services, Cisco security services, Cisco architecture assessment services, Cisco optimization services and Cisco PDI (Pilot, Design Implementation) services for connected health.

Last month, Cisco introduced a new high-performance processing engine for its flagship Cisco uBR10012 Universal Broadband Router and Cisco Cable Modem Termination System as part of its ongoing Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) migration plan.

Around that time, the company also acquired Meraki, a provider of easy-to-deploy on-premise networking solutions manageable from the cloud, for approximately $1.2 billion.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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