February 1, 2010
Salveo, a Saskatchewan-based project of SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), today announced that it has selected CGI Group Inc.’s (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE: GIB) platform for the next generation of a remote patient monitoring (RPM) system that records and transmits daily medical readings securely and conveniently from the patient’s home.
Salveo develops health and wellness telemonitoring software applications aimed at helping keep people healthier and save costs in the healthcare system. SaskTel markets and sell the LifeStat™ Remote Monitoring and Health Management service directly to consumers and healthcare providers in Canada, while Alcatel-Lucent markets and actively sell the Salveo platform to its global customers outside of Canada under the name Alcatel- Lucent TeleHealth Manager.
The agreement combines Salveo’s industry leading telemonitoring expertise with CGI’s depth of experience in application development and project management. A key focus of the agreement is utilizing innovative technologies to develop a cutting edge health and wellness system that will improve quality of life for patients while reducing costs.
“We’re excited to provide patients and caregivers with a powerful tool to aid in the effective management of chronic illnesses and this combined effort with CGI will allow us to deliver the next wave of innovative global telehealth solutions,” said Robert Watson, SaskTel President and CEO.
“Our agreement will advance the quality of care and promote public health,” added Doug McCuaig, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Ontario, Atlantic and Western Canada, CGI. “Improved monitoring and increased communication can result in improved outcomes.”
Salveo is a SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent project focused on the development of advanced health and wellness telemonitoring software applications to address global market needs. Through the Salveo project, SaskTel and Alcatel-Lucent develop applications that integrate, enhance, and enable the convergence of personal data in the health, wellness and lifestyles arena. In Canada, SaskTel markets and sells the platform via its LifeStat™ Remote Monitoring and Health Management service directly to consumers and healthcare regions. Internationally, Alcatel-Lucent markets and actively sells under the name Alcatel-Lucent TeleHealth Manager to its global enterprise customers in the utilities and healthcare verticals.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies have approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. As at September 30, 2009, CGI's fiscal 2009 revenue was $3.8 billion and its order backlog was $10.9 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com.
Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.138 billion in annual revenue and over 1.3 million customer connections including over 510,000 wireless accesses, 555,000 wireline network accesses, 216,000 internet accesses and 76,000 Max™ (TV) subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, national security, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. In 2008, SaskTel contributed over $610 million to the Saskatchewan economy through dollars spent with Saskatchewan-based suppliers and sponsorships to non-profit organizations. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 5,000 employees.
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