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AirStrip Technologies (San Antonio) and Clinical Computer Systems (CCS; Elgin, Illinois) reported an agreement that will pair CCS's OBIX Perinatal Data System with AirStrip's signature application, AirStrip OB.

As a provider of virtual real-time, remote patient monitoring software, AirStrip is a provider of mobility applications that capture patient data and securely deliver that data to a physician's handheld, convergent device such as an iPhone.

AirStrip OB sends waveform data for both the mother and baby directly from the hospital's labor and delivery unit to a physician's mobile device. Doctors can access this vital information anytime and anywhere they have a cell-phone connection. AirStrip OB support for the iPhone and BlackBerry is due to be released within the next month.

The OBIX Perinatal Data System is a computerized system for central, bedside and remote electronic fetal monitoring (EFM), including iarchiving, point-of-care charting and Internet-based, remote physician access. The OBIX System's exclusive E-Tools for EFM Assessment provide decision support helping clinicians to improve their practice, educate their staff and promote patient safety in electronic fetal monitoring.

The AirStrip/CCS pairing will deliver mobile, virtual-real-time access to patient data for enhanced obstetrical data management, increasing the ability of physicians to monitor patients. AirStrip and CCS will offer AirStrip OB as part of a suite of services to both current and prospective users of the OBIX system.

Kim Sell, president of CCS, said, "By joining forces with AirStrip, we reinforce our commitment to the connectivity of our customers to vital clinical data, anytime, anywhere and offer caregivers the ability to greatly improve their communication and monitoring capabilities. Together, AirStrip OB and OBIX provide an enhanced system that ultimately seeks to improve patient outcomes."

"We are proud to be leading the movement toward setting a new standard of care in obstetrics," said Dr. Cameron Powewll, president and chief medical officer of AirStrip. "Our partnership with CCS allows us to jointly address the issues that can help improve safety and communication while at the same time reduce risk and improve the day-to-day life of obstetricians."