03 2016
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American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, remote management tools, network data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with HealthNet Global Limited (HNG), an affiliate of Apollo Hospitals, aimed at delivering global digital health solutions for Rural Health Connect, Home Health Monitoring and Tele-health Services. Through this partnership HNG will launch a new set of digital health care solutions under the "Control-H" brand.

The Control-H Health Monitoring Device is a fully integrated solution that combines handheld medical device technology developed by AMI with the total remote healthcare solution technology developed by HealthNet Global. Control-H provides the user with essential health information at any time and place by collecting key vital data such as non-invasive blood pressure (NiBP), pulse, blood oxygen level, body temperature, blood glucose, hemoglobin and cholesterol levels via a compact and portable device and sending the data to the HNG Health Cloud. The HNG Health Cloud then connects to the Apollo network of doctors, physicians, consultants and specialists to provide quality healthcare to individual patients - anytime, anywhere.

Through this strategic partnership HNG is augmenting its digital healthcare platform with healthcare monitoring technology from AMI to deliver innovative digital healthcare solutions to the masses. This partnership is the first of its kind to bring self-health monitoring to the doorstep of every individual by way of a digital health platform. Now, consumers using Control-H can observe and track vital health information in the comfort of their homes and then share it with the Apollo network of hospitals, specialty clinics, pharmacies and 24x7 emergency care facilities to receive top quality health advice and recommendations.

Ms. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Group, expressed her strong belief in remote healthcare and the convergence of healthcare, IT and handheld devices by saying, "In order to address predominant healthcare issues such as lack of infrastructure and access to it, we are constantly striving to develop new models and innovative solutions. One of these models – which we strongly feel will go a long way to address these issues - is a device capable of putting healthcare directly into the hands of an individual, like Control-H."

Highlighting the need for such devices as an integral part of one's daily wellness routine, Mr. Anindith Reddy, Director of HealthNet Global, said that "Statistics show that more than 40% of hospital walk-in patients can be treated at home. Through the integrated use of various technologies, we are building a remote health platform that can treat all of these cases and non-communicative diseases from home - and the Control-H devices announced today play an integral role in this platform."

"American Megatrends shares a common belief with the Apollo Group that devices such as Control-H will soon become readily accessible to the general public. Both companies are hard at work perfecting a health monitoring solution that is accessible, easy-to-use and affordable, yet powerful enough to make important health information readily available at one's fingertips. Ideally, wide adoption of these products would enable physicians to reach out to patients before health issues become seriousproblems and also empower patients to take a more involved and proactive approach to their own healthcare. It is our firm conviction that our partnership will help make this vision of the healthy future a reality," said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends and Chairman of American Megatrends India Pvt., Ltd.

Mr. Vikram Thaploo, CEO of Apollo Tele-Health Services and HealthNet Global, believes that the point of care is shifting from hospitals to homes and from curative to preventive modalities. "In a country like India, where the doctor to patient ratio is 1:1700, we have a strong need for technology which will aid in monitoring and managing patient health around the clock. This is the essence of our collaboration with AMI, to make remote healthcare delivery fully comprehensive through devices such as Control-H," he noted.

"American Megatrends is extremely proud to partner with HealthNet Group, an affiliate of Apollo Hospitals, to advance its remote healthcare initiative," commented Mr. Sridharan Mani, Director and CEO of American Megatrends India Pvt., Ltd. "Through this initiative, we firmly believe that quality healthcare will become more accessible to citizens across the nation. This initiative also reaffirms our commitment to providing quality solutions in support of the Prime Minister's vision of 'Digital India' and 'Healthcare for All'."

About Apollo Hospitals: With more than 15 years of experience delivering tele-health services and solutions, Apollo Hospitals is a pioneer of telemedicine in India and is committed to augmenting its Health & Diagnostic Services platform as a complete "Digital Health Platform".

About AMI : Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to top-tier manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. AMI's industry leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware, innovative StorTrends® Network Storage hardware and software products, MegaRAC® remote server management tools and solutions based on the popular Android™ and Linux® operating systems continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.