Panasonic Toughbook Gets Gobi Certification From Verizon

By PRESS RELEASE — August 27, 2009

SECAUCUS, N.J. & BASKING RIDGE, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, and Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless network, today announced certification of the Gobi-enabled Toughbook H1 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) for use on the Verizon Wireless network.

Because of its small size, light weight and integrated features, the Toughbook H1 is an attractive solution for mobile healthcare environments including EMS, mobile blood banks and home health workers. In addition, healthcare professionals that travel between offices, patient homes and hospitals will find Verizon Wireless' Mobile Broadband a valuable addition to their workday, as it virtually eliminates down time and increases overall productivity while away from traditional healthcare facilities. As for IT administrators, Gobi chips enable them to manage one stock keeping unit (SKU) for the entire mobile workforce, regardless of their geographical location.

The functionality of the Toughbook H1 and Verizon Wireless' secure and reliable wireless broadband network improves workflow and eases clinical loads for doctors and nurses, allowing immediate access to patient records at the point of care as well as real-time documentation of a patient's condition. The workflow advantages offered by the H1 and the Verizon Wireless network can help healthcare organizations maximize efficiency as they respond to an aging population, increased demand for healthcare services and a shortage of nurses.

"Nowadays, healthcare professionals are more mobile than ever, and there is a significant need for reliable, secure wireless connectivity," said Vicky Obenshain, Director, Wireless Strategy, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "Our Gobi certification on the Verizon Wireless network is another step in making sure our customer needs are met and that we are responding to the emerging trend of increased embedded wireless broadband adoption across all sectors -- especially in the healthcare market."

"Healthcare professionals require a reliable wireless network to access critical patient data when working remotely," said John Maschenic, associate director -- healthcare for Verizon Wireless. "Healthcare providers will find the Toughbook H1, on the nation's largest high speed data network, introduces a new standard in efficiency while giving them access to the information needed to deliver top-notch patient care."

The Toughbook H1 has been designed for easy disinfection, reducing the risk of germs being spread from patient to patient. In addition, it can help to reduce medication administration errors while helping clinicians deliver faster, safer care. With integrated RFID reader, 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights, a barcode reader, contactless smart card reader and fingerprint readers, the new Toughbook H1 MCA is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review.

Pricing and Availability

The Panasonic Toughbook H1 is available worldwide. In the United States, the base H1 model has an estimated street price of $2,999 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors. The device is backed with a standard 3-year warranty.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).

About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin-and-light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Panasonic controls the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial users -- from Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses -- rely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.

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