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 News Release - November 27, 2007

KARL STORZ and Global Care Quest Announce Extension of Marketing Agreement

Combining GCQ's ICIS OR Live(R) with Karl Storz OR1(R) Gives Surgeons Greater Access to Patient Data and Images in the Hospital, Office, or Remotely

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. 27 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Global Care Quest, Inc. (GCQ), an innovator in critical health care systems, announces that KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., the world leader in minimally invasive endoscopic technologies and operating room integration, and GCQ have expanded their marketing relationship to offer GCQ's ICIS OR LIVE solution with KARL STORZ OR1 operating room integration technologies. The result of this collaboration will be to give operating room teams a customizable, comprehensive view of available video sources and image data for each surgical patient.

As still and video image sources available to the OR have expanded, surgeons have required increased access to multiple monitors and displays. The addition of GCQ's ICIS OR LIVE technology delivered through the KARL STORZ OR1 enables intuitive and effective access to the expanded range of data and information provided by GCQ. More importantly, for the first time, clinicians are given the ability to configure the display of those sources -- to rearrange, resize and adjust the video and still images -- to suit individual preferences and to optimize patient care in the OR.

GCQ ICIS OR LIVE integrates a wide range of data from disparate information systems throughout the hospital, and through the KARL STORZ OR1 touchscreen user interface, this information can be displayed in optimal locations throughout the operating room to enhance a surgeon's clinical effectiveness. Surgeons can also gain remote access to this data, and with the OR1 system, all available video sources in the OR can be viewed remotely, including endoscopic and microscopic images, and surgical in-light and room camera views.

ICIS OR LIVE also provides the ability to configure PACS images. The surgeon can zoom, pan, tilt or rotate image displays, as well as change window/level contrast, do multi-slice scrolling, or switch from static to cine mode to view a patient's video data.

"Our relationship with GCQ extends our vision of providing true interoperability across OR technologies," says Connie Padden, Director of Technology Integration, OR1 KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. "The combination of the KARL STORZ OR1 solution and ICIS OR LIVE provides access to a greater range of image sources and video data, while optimizing the surgeon's ability to bring all of those sources and information to a single display, manipulate the display of information, and arrange the data to match the workflow and preferences of individual surgeons."

"KARL STORZ OR1 and ICIS LIVE are being combined to deliver faster access to information remotely and at the point of surgery, and enable clinicians to provide quicker and better patient care with improved outcomes," says Brian Mellea, Vice President, Marketing, GCQ. "They can manipulate the data as needed and see the information in a single glance. So, time once spent searching for data becomes time spent treating the patient. Surgical teams can now work the way they want to, making them more productive and effective. In addition, more efficient OR procedures mean greater OR utilization for hospitals."

About GCQ

Global Care Quest is the developer of ICIS (Integrated Clinical Information System) that performs real-time integration and delivery of digital medical records, charting, bedside monitoring equipment and laboratory results to physicians and medical teams via stationary and wireless PCs, as well as handheld wireless devices. ICIS improves access to patient, enhances patient safety, and trims the cost of care by delivering critical patient information when and where it's needed. Founded in 2005, the company is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. For more information on Global Care Quest and ICIS, please contact us at (949) 330-7450, or go to


Headquartered in Culver City, CA, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for over 60 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company's Web site at

Source: Global Care Quest

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