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Medanets Oy Standardizes on Socket SoMo(R) Handheld Computers for Capturing Vital Signs at the Point of Care

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NEWARK, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/14/12 -- Socket Mobile, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT), an innovative provider of mobile productivity solutions, today announced that Medanets Oy -- a company in Finland that specializes in designing wireless products for healthcare -- has standardized the Socket SoMo medical PDA as its device of choice for their mobile point-of-care solution, Medanets ABS.

The Medanets ABS solution features the antimicrobial Socket SoMo medical PDA enhanced with the portable Socket RFID/barcode reader. The SoMo connects wirelessly via Bluetooth® to medical devices to quickly capture vital signs. Nurses verify the measurements, add notes as needed, then send the data wirelessly over the hospital's Wi-Fi® network to automatically update a patient's electronic health record (EHR). This enables nurses to increase the efficiency and accuracy of documentation and gives physicians instant access to real-time patient information -- all of which translates into smarter decision making and improved patient care.

"With the SoMo, the everyday measurements that nurses make in the ward need minimal time compared to the earlier system of manual documentation, and the information is entered into the hospital EHR system without delays," said Hannu Kotipalo, technical manager at Medanets Oy. "This means that nurses can spend more time on direct patient care."

Several hospitals in Finland have already deployed the solution, including Tampere University Hospital, Hämeenlinna Central Hospital, and Savonlinna Central Hospital, with several more piloting. By enabling nurses to automatically capture, validate, and submit vitals right from bedside, the Medanets ABS solution has saved each hospital 40-60 hours of nursing paperwork per month per inpatient ward, depending on the size of the ward and number of filings per day. Enhanced with the Socket RFID/barcode reader, the SoMo has also increased patient safety, allowing nurses to scan patient wristbands prior to entering data, ensuring the correct data is being filed for the correct patient.

"Tens of thousands of SoMos are currently in use with healthcare applications worldwide," said Vince Coli, senior product manager of handheld computing products at Socket Mobile. "The wireless functionality and customizability make it ideal for healthcare facilities. With powerful applications like Medanets ABS, the SoMo enables nurses to connect to Bluetooth medical devices, communicate potentially life-saving medical information in real-time, and add options like Auto ID to increase patient safety and efficiency."

For more information about the Socket SoMo handheld device, visit the Socket Mobile Healthcare Solutions website.

About Medanets Oy
Medanets Oy, located in Kempele, Finland, specializes in designing wireless system products for healthcare. Medanets Oy's product is a Point Of Care recording system called Medanets ABS. With it nursing staff can record, save, and browse the results of patient measurements, all at bedside using a lightweight PDA. Measurement data is transferred into the information system via a wireless network, either automatically or with one entry. The information is immediately available to all system users. Medanets Oy is deeply rooted in Oulu's know-how in wireless technology, which is recognized and appreciated worldwide. For more information visit

About Socket Mobile
With 20 years of experience in the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) market, Socket makes mobile computing and productivity work. The company offers a family of handheld computers and an extensive portfolio of AIDC peripherals specifically designed to increase productivity and drive operational efficiencies in healthcare, hospitality and other business mobility deployments. The company also offers OEM solutions for the mobile device market. Socket is headquartered in Newark, Calif. and can be reached at 510-933-3000 or Follow Socket Mobile on Twitter @socketmobile and subscribe to, the company's official blog.

Socket and SoMo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Socket Mobile. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners.

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