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[February 15, 2017]

VIGILINT and Cleveland Clinic to Offer Real Time Telemedicine Service for Global Travelers

VIGILINT and Cleveland Clinic are collaborating to offer the Global MedAssist Program (GMAP), a telemedicine program available at anytime from anywhere in the world.

This collaboration combines VIGILINT's highly specialized emergency physicians and emergency preparedness experts with Cleveland Clinic's global practice of physicians and specialists. GMAP provides 24/7/365 medical assistance for travelers worldwide. Created in response to the increased demand for high-level medical care and consultations for global travelers, the distance health collaboration augments existing health insurance with on-demand, full-spectrum care through a single point of contact.

"We are excited to join forces with world-renowned healthcare leader Cleveland Clinic to offer the global business community a robust telemedicine solution," said James Humphlett, VIGILINT Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Sean Siler, VIGILINT's President and Chief Medical Officer, added, "GMAP is unrivaled in the marketplace, with unparalleled reach and most significantly has an unmatched global network of medical providers and facilities."

"Combining the expertise and capabilities of both organizations provides access and proper guidance on medical issues that may arise to those traveling internationally," said Jonathan Schaffer, MD, MBA, FACS, Managing Director, Cleveland Clinic Distance Health My Consult. "As a leader in telemedicine and distance health initiatives, GMAP has been developed to remove the geographic barriers to care, anywhere, anytime. We are delighted to be a part of this collaboration."

The foundation of GMAP is its 24/7/365 medical operations center, integrating innovative technology and advanced telemedicine intelligence with highly trained operations analysts and proprietary data sources. One call to the Medical Operations Center and the seamless network of care begins. No matter the scale of the healthcare issue or location of the patient, GMAP ensures immediate access to viable and reputable healthcare providers who deliver comprehensive individualized healthcare solutions and continuity of care throughout the medical ordeal. The GMAP team includes VIGILINT physicians that have previous experience with the military, National Security Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House Medical Unit, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Health & Human Servces, combined with Cleveland Clinic's more than 3,000 physicians practicing in 140 medical specialties and subspecialties.

GMAP was created with a multinational workforce in mind and designed to mitigate the realities of international travel. One in three travelers will experience a medical issue while abroad, one in 30 will need to seek emergency medical care, and 17 percent of travelers admitted to hospitals require aeromedical transfer. Jet lag, stress, limited preparation time, and increased prevalence of chronic and lifestyle-associated diseases make business travelers far more vulnerable to disease than the general population. Local healthcare providers, hospitals, and pharmacies may lack the adequate resources, training, experience, or patient records for proper treatment of business travelers with chronic or emergency health problems. To learn more about the GMAP suite of medical services call: 1-800-970-0395 or visit http://www.vigilint.com/gmap-global-medical-assistance-program/.

About Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Among Cleveland Clinic's 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations - including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers - and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

About VIGILINT Founded in 2006, VIGILINT is a medical and travel risk management company that provides health protection for global workforces including corporate medical advisory, 24/7/365 telemedicine, crisis management and expeditionary services to multinational corporations, government clients and individuals. www.VIGILINT.com


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