Orange and Alcatel-Lucent sign European healthcare agreement

By Sam Collins
12:00 AM

Telecoms giants Orange and Alcatel-Lucent have signed a cooperation agreement to address healthcare challenges in Europe and emerging markets.

The two companies will develop and jointly deliver the next wave of innovative solutions enabling e-Health and enhanced assisted living with a focus on better serving patients and the elderly, increasing the efficiency of business processes for healthcare professionals, and reducing the cost of healthcare delivery.

Orange and Alcatel-Lucent said they were leveraging their combined global expertise to provide solutions built upon reliable, future-proof communication networks to provide innovative e-health services of public and private health systems.

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Together they will harness their skills, knowledge, innovation and technology to develop services of quality for patients and healthcare professionals.

Orange currently provides solutions such as "Connected Hospitals" that simplify the work of medical teams by allowing access to patient information at the hospital and improving patient comfort.

Similar solutions are also provided at the doctor's office through remote follow-up, online appointment booking, and services. This set of services, developed through Orange Labs' skills and innovative capabilities, also enables patients to be monitored from the comfort of their homes instead of being hospitalized.

Alcatel-Lucent supplies its solutions to heathcare providers - allowing them to improve patient care by eliminating information silos and, through its Telecare solutions, allowing improved care of patients at home who suffer from chronic diseases.

With a strong capacity for innovation through its Bell Labs research arm, Alcatel-Lucent is continuing to invest in the development of innovative healthcare solutions with partners such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in the US by putting the network in the core of the heath organization to facilitate access to quality care and allowing healthcare professionals to benefit from telemedicine contributions for their medical practice.

Both companies have numerous common references, such as the Polyclinique de Picardie.

"Telecommunications today means much more than voice services," said Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president and head of Orange Healthcare Division. "Orange is constantly seeking to innovate in order to deliver greater value and to offer its customers services and solutions, such as e-health, to improve their life. Our agreement with Alcatel-Lucent in this field is a long lasting one, highlighting our willingness to reinforce our cooperative efforts to deliver the best e-health solutions for our customers."

Pierre Barnabé, head of Alcatel-Lucent's business in France, said, "The health domain requires innovative, reliable, and secured communications solutions. Communications have to play a key role in the transformation of health systems and the marketplace is looking for trusted partners that understand a broad range of communications technologies and can simplify them in a turnkey solution.

"We believe this partnership with Orange illustrates perfectly our philosophy in terms of shared innovation and addresses the challenging healthcare domain requirements in a very innovative manner and in a way that will improve the life of the patients."

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