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Philips and Intel Collaborate on Wireless Device

Philips Electronics and Intel Corp. have joined forces to develop a wireless handheld device that will help reduce medication errors.

Equipped with a touch screen and digital camera, the device will be used to "identify staff and patients, fill out charts, capture vital signs, write up reports, and validate blood transfusions." The medical grade, sealed device will also monitor wound healing and be able to withstand sterilization. According to a Philips spokesman, the companies decided to collaborate as a result of Philips' experience with medical equipment used in hospitals and Intel's skill in manufacturing chips and other technology for mobile devices. The launch of the device has been planned for the fourth quarter, according to the Associated Press.

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