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Rotkreuz/Switzerland, August 26, 2010

cobas® IT 1000 application reaches 500th installation

Roche Professional Diagnostics announced today the 500th installation of its successful point-of-care software solution

Globally* released in 2005 the cobas IT 1000 application was quickly accepted in the market and developed into a leading position for Roche in the open point-of-care IT systems. In 31 countries all over the world, the cobas IT 1000 applications facilitate decentralization of testing by enabling POC coordinators to take full control over results, users instruments and quality processes. The cobas IT 1000 application is the core module of the cobas POC IT solution that includes cobas bge link software, cobas academy learning platform and cobas e-service.

The flexible connectivity offers various options to transfer test results into the electronic patient records of the hospital information system, providing a single interface to the LIS/HIS for all point-of-care devices in use. Test results are made available quickly to physicians for their critical decision making. Remote configuration of connected POC instruments and remote control of QC procedures improve workflow in order to save health care professionals and point-of-care coordinators time for tasks with higher value.

“Typically, cobas IT 1000 applications are installed in large and medium sized hospital. However, the market is expanding to include both smaller hospitals and the supra-regional lab networks that share a single cobas IT 1000 installation”, said Charles Delany, Head of Global Marketing Hospital Point of Care Decentralized Diagnostics.

Some facts about the cobas IT 1000 solution

  • Germany is the country with the most installations (181) followed by Canada (59)
  • Regional distribution: EMEA/LATAM 81 %; Canada 12 %; Agencies 4 %; APAC 3 %
  • > 90 % of accounts use cobas IT 1000 application for Roche blood glucose testing connectivity
  • > 34 % of accounts manage three or more analyzer types with this IT solution

In addition: Online learning and user certification

The online learning solution cobas academy is an integral part the cobas POC IT solution designed to test user competency through on-line courses and examination, allowing a single user database and a single log on for all advanced Roche Systems. Its primary function is to test user competency complementing the initial face-to-face training automating routine training workflows.  Accessible on the hospital intranet, cobas academy offers the user an optional pre-test that generates a study plan to focus only on required areas. On passing the exam users obtain a personalized certificate, which enables them to log in and operate the respective instrument type.

* The cobas IT 1000 application is not available in the US.

About Roche

Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche’s personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2009, Roche had over 80’000 employees worldwide and invested almost 10 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 49.1 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan. For more information:

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The cobas® IT solution connects at the point of care.