SOURCE: Cisco Systems, Inc.

February 25, 2008 10:00 ET

Cisco Helps Palomar Pomerado Health Open "Hospital of the Future" Three Years Ahead of Schedule... in "Second Life"

PPH and Cisco Offer First Glimpse of Advanced Building Design and Connected Hospital Technologies in Online Virtual World

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - HIMSS CONFERENCE -- Cisco® (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) today cut the ribbon on a new hospital in the online virtual world "Second Life." The virtual hospital, a simulation of a real-world hospital campus due to open in 2011, gives visitors the opportunity to tour the hospital years before its doors actually open

The virtual hospital showcases the rich assortment of design and technology innovations planned for the real-world Palomar West Medical Campus in San Diego, Calif., and to gather feedback that will be used to enhance the way that care is delivered. The immersive quality of "Second Life" allows visitors to experience the progressive nature-embracing design of the hospital firsthand. Visitors will also be able to experience Connected Hospital technologies that will be delivered in the real hospital by Cisco.

Click Here to Take a Video Tour of Palomar West in "Second Life"

If you have not visited "Second Life" before, click here to start your visit to Palomar West.

Highlights of the virtual Palomar West include:

--  Cisco TelePresence. Visitors are welcomed to Palomar West in "Second
    Life" by a virtual receptionist appearing via Cisco TelePresence, a new
    technology that uses high-definition video and spatial audio to create
    unique "in person" experiences via the network.
    
--  Advanced Robotics. The simulation shows Palomar West's operating
    rooms, which include advanced robotics and functional imaging systems
    capable of supporting medical procedures spanning interventional radiology,
    cardiovascular surgery, urology and gastroenterology. An advanced surgical
    cockpit, from where a surgeon can manipulate robotic systems remotely while
    viewing vital signs and functional imaging information in real time, is
    also featured.
    
--  Communication and Collaboration. The simulation shows how the Cisco
    Unified Communications system facilitates smooth patient and clinician
    communication. For example, a radiologist can locate specialists, contact
    them on their phones, laptops or PDAs, and initiate a desktop collaboration
    session to review and consult on patient scan images thanks to the network
    that links picture archiving systems with communications tools.
    
--  3D Holographic Medical Imaging. Palomar West will feature mobile,
    remote-controlled, 3D holographic whole-body multimodality medical imaging
    systems that can be directed into any patient room.
    
--  Connected Real Estate. In the real Palomar West, all building,
    communication, IT, and clinical systems will be converged onto a single
    Cisco Medical-Grade Network. The simulation shows how nearly all aspects of
    a patient's stay (including ventilation, air conditioning, lighting,
    security, fire and life safety, digital devices, and signage) will be
    monitored and managed via applications running on a single network, freeing
    up clinicians to focus on providing the very best care.
    
--  Visibility and Tracking Solutions. Visitors are guided through Palomar
    West by radio frequency-enabled sensors that enhance security and safety
    through patient tracking, and that protect hospital property by tracking
    equipment in real time.
    

Construction of the real-world $811 million Palomar Medical Center West campus is due to be completed in 2011. The new facility is designed to positively transform the traditional healthcare experience that is normally associated with staying or working in a hospital.

The campus will epitomize Cisco and PPH's shared vision of a "Connected Hospital," where technology and the physical environment seamlessly integrate to enhance patient care through the sharing of timely, accurate information among the right people at the right time, between hospitals and the extended ecosystem of care.

In addition to embracing the latest connected health technologies, Palomar West has been physically designed to provide a high-performance healing environment through a constant connection with nature. Outdoor features of the campus showcased in the "Second Life" simulation include garden spaces, areas for dining, meeting or relaxing; a pedestrian path and garden connecting all buildings; a green roof bringing gardens up onto the building, with views from patient rooms; and garden terraces on the nursing floor.

Palomar West in "Second Life" also provides visitors with a view of the design of individual patient rooms on the new Palomar West campus. Features of these rooms will include:

--  Same-handed, acuity-adaptable rooms and cross-discipline
    interventional procedure/operating rooms. Acuity-adaptable rooms can be
    transformed, even if a patient's condition changes, without having to move
    patients from unit to unit.  Any necessary equipment can be brought into
    the room on an as-needed basis, further reducing the need for patient
    transport.
    
--  Each patient room is designed with a nursing station immediately
    outside the room, so the intensity of service can be adjusted as needed.
    
--  Every room in Palomar West is single occupancy and identical in layout
    and design.  This maximizes efficiency and minimizes medical errors.
    

About Palomar Pomerado Health

Palomar Pomerado Health, California's largest public health district, is North County's most comprehensive health care delivery system, recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, women's services, bariatric surgery, cancer, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. Facilities include Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Hospital, Villa Pomerado, Palomar Continuing Care Center, Escondido Surgery Center, Palomar Pomerado Behavioral Health Services and Palomar Pomerado Home Care.

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