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swyMed Partners with Life Image to Expand Access to Integrated Telestroke Solution to Help Patients at Rural and Community Hospitals Gain Access to Stroke Specialists

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, the world’s largest global network for sharing clinical and
imaging data that is powered by industry leading interoperability
standards, and swyMed,
a leading provider of mobile telemedicine solutions, today announced a
new strategic partnership to enhance telestroke capabilities. This
engagement will improve the ability for physicians to collaborate and
coordinate care while using swyMed’s offering by seamlessly integrating
relevant clinical and imaging data into the telemedicine encounter. The
agreement also deepens swyMed’s ability to connect to neurologists and
primary stroke centers, which are already part of the Life Image
network. Life Image is currently supporting more than 140 stroke centers
within its U.S. network.

This new partnership will advance swyMed’s telestroke solution by
combining the exceptional bandwidth management capabilities in its
videoconferencing platforms, which are highly beneficial for rural area
hospitals, with access to all relevant medical records, diagnostic
imaging, and other critical clinical data. This data is made available
through the Life Image clinical image exchange, which is integrated into
the workflows of 80 percent of all large health systems and academic
medical centers in the U.S. The engagement will also provide Life Image
hospital customers with a value-added telestroke solution as part of the
Life Image Interoperability
, to extend neurology departments’ reach beyond the walls of
the organization and deliver timely, high-quality care for patients
affected by stroke.

“Despite widespread knowledge that every moment counts when it comes to
treating acute ischemic stroke, a majority of stroke patients do not
receive adequate treatment in time due to lack of access to primary
stroke centers and appropriate specialists,” said Evie Jennes, CCO,
swyMed. “We have dedicated extensive efforts to innovating solutions to
overcome these challenges and optimize outcomes among stoke patients. By
engaging with Life Image, we can now provide immediate access to imaging
and clinical data to speed up diagnosis and treatment, as well as
connect swyMed users to premier neurology centers and leading research
facilities through Life Image’s extensive provider network.”

There are several access-related challenges associated with acute stroke
treatment, which are further compounded by the fact that diagnosis and
treatment are incredibly time-sensitive and require a specialist.
Unfortunately, research
shows a severe lack of stroke specialists in the U.S.: only 55 percent
of Americans reside within 60 miles of a primary stroke center, and
there are only an estimated 1,100 neurologists specializing in stroke
nationwide. This new strategic partnership between swyMed and Life Image
will address these data access and specialist shortage issues by
offering immediate connectivity, even in the most bandwidth-challenged
areas, to stroke specialists across the U.S., and integrating all
relevant medical data into the telemedicine encounter to allow diagnosis
and treatment to begin before the patient arrives at the hospital.

“Providers have long struggled with interoperability and
data-integration issues across systems and locations, and these issues
come to a head when caring for a stroke patient. Paramedics and
emergency room doctors especially need to immediately reach stroke
specialists and provide them with the patient’s neurological exam and
other imaging and clinical data in order to achieve the best-possible
outcome for the patient,” said Matthew A. Michela, President and CEO,
Life Image. “We see this partnership with swyMed as an important
opportunity to advance the clinical practice of telestroke. Whether it’s
a rural hospital with poor bandwidth or a hospital without stroke
specialists, this new engagement will benefit all providers dealing with
stroke management by uniting swyMed’s cutting-edge telemedicine platform
with our powerful global network of data and integration into thousands
of provider workflows nationwide.”

Life Image’s interoperable solution, which integrates into existing
workflows, orchestrates the flow of more than 10 million clinical
encounters per month. The network connects 1,500 U.S. facilities, 8,000
affiliated sites, 150,000 U.S. providers, and 58,000 global clinics with
a broader ecosystem of patients, life sciences, medical device
companies, and telemedicine companies.

About Life Image

With its beginnings in medical image exchange, Life Image now
orchestrates the flow of any and all clinical information across the
patient’s journey, in real time, to help care teams and researchers make
informed decisions. Founded in 2008, Life Image has spent the past
decade innovating and building an interoperable network ecosystem
connecting hospitals, physicians, patients, pharmaceuticals, medical
device, telehealth and EHRs. Today, the Life Image network connects over
1,500 facilities in the United States and 8,000 affiliated sites,
including 8 of the top 10 U.S. hospitals, with 150,000 U.S. providers
and 58,000 clinics globally.

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About swyMed

Time-critical mobile telemedicine consults require simple, fast and
highly reliable connections. While many solutions fail beyond the
hard-wired four walls of a hospital, swyMed’s patented technology
expands telemedicine care to places where it was previously unavailable,
powering truly mobile exceptional-quality live video encounters, even at
the lowest bandwidths. swyMed’s proven,
reliable, easy-to-use solutions, including the DOT
Telemedicine Backpack
 and the DOT
, give care providers the ability to connect to doctors for
real-time video telemedicine — anytime, anywhere. swyMed’s innovative
technology is used by providers in rural hospitals to connect to
specialists, for Remote Patient Evaluation (RPE), home health,
EMS/critical transport, tele-stroke, mobile
 and Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) programs in
thousands of encounters throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle
East and India.