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Western & Southern Grant Brings Battle-Tested Lifesaving Equipment to Cincinnati Communities

Cincinnati Fire Department first civilian agency to adopt technology

CINCINNATI – April 17, 2014 – Cincinnati’s first responders soon will have access to the most advanced technology to bring lifesaving telemedicine to victims of accidents and mass-casualty events across the city, thanks to a gift from Western & Southern Financial Group.

With a grant to the Cincinnati Fire Foundation, Western & Southern is bringing battlefield medical technology to Cincinnatians involved in accidents and other emergency medical situations throughout the city. Western & Southern will provide four Tempus Pro advanced monitoring devices to be deployed directly to incident scenes. Tempus Pro allows first responders to share not only standard medical data but even live-feed video with emergency physicians at hospitals in the region.

"Cincinnati EMTs and paramedics are some of the most highly trained and disciplined professionals in their field," said John F. Barrett, chairman president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. "We’re proud of them and the contribution they make to our city and very pleased to help give them access to the tools that protect all of us."

Tempus Pro, developed by RDT of the U.K., is a new concept in remotely monitoring emergency patients that was first deployed by U.S. forces serving in conflicts in southwest Asia. In addition to the comprehensive integrated functionality, the new equipment weighs about a third of other transport monitors, and is more durable, with a battery life of over 10 hours.

University Hospital’s Jay A. Johannigman, M.D., was instrumental in bringing this lifesaving technology to the Queen City. While serving in the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Johannigman saw firsthand how real-time vital statistics can make the difference between life and death in the crucial moments after an incident.

"Essentially this gives the attending physician eyes and ears right at the scene. That accurate and timely information is essential to giving patients the highest level of care," said Johannigman. "I’ve seen firsthand how this technology saves lives, and I know it will save more in Cincinnati."

Tempus Pro is a highly functional and ruggedized vital sign monitor that places the needs of the first responder at the heart of its design. It is light enough to carry to a patient in almost any situation and small enough to hold in one hand.

Among its other benefits:

  • Field upgradeable as new technologies emerge
  • Daylight readable display
  • Long battery life
  • Intuitive interface
  • Glove-friendly touchscreen
  • Easy to use by both advanced and basic life support first responders
  • Mains or battery powered

"We’re very grateful to Western & Southern for making this lifesaving technology possible for this department," said Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard A. Braun. "The Cincinnati Fire Department was an innovation from its beginning and thanks to our corporate and community support, we’re continuing that tradition to improve and even save the lives of the people we serve."

RDT has volunteered to provide the necessary software so that any hospital with an emergency department in the region can communicate with the Tempus Pro monitor.

Tempus Pro enables caregivers to document and share patient data electronically and ensures that providers throughout the chain of care have the most accurate information on patient injuries, therapies, trending vital signs, drugs and fluids that can be handed over, or sent ahead of the patient arriving at hospital or next level of care.

The units also are expandable post purchase to add new or advanced capabilities in the field as the technology develops without the need to return the monitor to RDT.

Once training is completed, the Cincinnati Fire Department expects to begin deploying Tempus Pro as soon as June.

About Western & Southern Financial Group
Founded in Cincinnati in 1888 as The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) is now a Fortune 500 diversified family of financial services companies. Its total assets owned ($41 billion) and managed ($26 billion) totaled $67 billion as of Dec. 31, 2013. Western & Southern is one of the strongest life insurance groups in the world. Its six life insurance subsidiaries (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Western-Southern Life Assurance Company, Columbus Life Insurance Company, Integrity Life Insurance Company, The Lafayette Life Insurance Company and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain the following financial strength ratings: A.M. Best A+ Superior, Standard & Poor’s AA Very Strong, Fitch AA Very Strong and Moody’s* Aa3 Excellent. All of Western & Southern’s life insurance companies have a Comdex Ranking* of 96. Other member companies include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.; IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC; Touchstone Advisors, Inc.; Touchstone Securities, Inc.; W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.; and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information on the Western & Southern family of companies, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com), a premier event in the U.S. Open Series played each August by the world’s top-ranked professional male and female tennis players.

About Remote Diagnostic Technologies Ltd (RDT)
A successful global medical device business founded in 1997, RDT are recognised as leaders in the design and manufacture of pre-hospital care vital signs monitors. Specialist technologies include compact and highly integrated vital signs monitors for medical professional, intermittent and non-medically trained users that are widely used in aviation, maritime, exploration, pre-hospital and military environments.

RDT’s robust communications technology enables the simultaneous transmission of medical data, voice and video from remote and otherwise isolated locations – such as in-flight and at sea - to land-based medical experts.

Operating for more than 15 years in remote medicine with a proven track record, RDT has established a reputation for reliability and excellent customer service while continuing to push boundaries with its state of the art engineering and design capabilities. RDT’s impressive international customer base includes the military, pre-hospital care providers, oil & gas companies, commercial airlines, Fortune 500 companies, commercial shippers, luxury yachts & business aviation clients.

About Cincinnati Fire Foundation
The mission of the Cincinnati Fire Foundation (CFF) is to support the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD), as well as other fire/rescue departments and other incorporated public safety organizations in the Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area. Such support may include, but not be limited to the purchase and/or maintenance of equipment and vehicles, providing funds for professional education forums and training of fire-fighting personnel, providing funds for the promotion of fire prevention and general safety training and material for the general public, as well as for other designated needs as determined by Cincinnati Fire Foundation’s Board of Directors.

José Marques, APR
Western & Southern Financial Group
513.629.1448
jose.marques@westernsouthern.com
Jennifer Spieser
Cincinnati Fire Department
513.352-5248
Jennifer.Spieser@cincinnati-oh.gov
Barnie Howell
RTD
843.766.7829
bhowell@rdtltd.com