TORONTO, January 13, 2011 - Diversinet Corp. (TSX Venture: DIV, OTCBB: DVNTF), a leader in "connected and protected" mobile healthcare communications, has entered into a reseller agreement with Mihealth Global Systems, of North Bay, Ont., for distribution of Diversinet's innovative mobile health solutions based on its patented MobiSecure® platform.
While Diversinet continues to market directly to the U.S. mobile health industry, Mihealth Global Systems will act as the exclusive distributor of the MobiSecure platform in Canada and as a nonexclusive distributor to the rest of the world excluding the United States.
The new relationship between the two mobile health pioneers follows a highly successful trial of the MobiSecure platform and Mihealth application by the Blue Sky Family Health Team in North Bay led by Dr. Wendy Graham, who founded Mihealth Global Systems and serves as its president. More than 100 patients participated in the Blue Sky Family Health Team's trial using the Mihealth application, which can run on more than 200 kinds of mobile devices.
The 5 year agreement calls for Diversinet to receive annual minimum commitments of $400,000 in year 1, $700,000 in year 2, $1 million in year 3, $1.3 million in year 4 and $1.6 million in year 5. Under the agreement, after the first year, MiHealth Global Systems can terminate its Canadian exclusivity and payment of the minimum commitment amounts upon 180 days notice. Included in the first-year minimum commitment, MiHealth Global Systems is licensing software for its own use, taking its existing pilot program into production.
Diversinet's MobiSecure technology capitalizes on the booming worldwide appetite for smart phones and tablets, and it provides proven and reliable mobile application platforms that securely connect people with their healthcare information, payers and providers - anyway, anytime and anywhere.
MobiSecure technology helps payers and providers meet rapidly growing needs for safe, convenient, on-the-go storage and sharing of personal health data. Graham said the Mihealth Global Systems mobile health solution is entirely consistent with efforts of Canada Health Infoway, the independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the Canadian government to accelerate the development of electronic health record projects in Canada.
"We learned from our trial that the MobiSecure platform and applications address Canadian and worldwide needs to deliver healthcare more efficiently while improving the quality of care," Graham said. "Evidence is building to demonstrate the value of using information technologies for integrated primary care networks, particularly in managing chronic diseases, which are on the rise."
Under the new agreement, Mihealth Global Systems will initially make the solution tested in North Bay available to all medical clinics in Ontario, then eventually throughout Canada.
"We're looking forward to continuing our close work with Dr. Graham, who is well-respected and highly-regarded as an innovator in mHealth technology applications," said Diversinet Chairman and CEO Albert Wahbe. "Our agreement with Mihealth Global Systems is strategic for Diversinet in two ways: Mihealth Global Systems' commitment clearly demonstrates the value and benefits of our MobiSecure healthcare IT solutions, while it enables us to devote our full attention to expanding the market for our solutions in the U.S."
Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, President of the Canadian Medical Association, recently pointed to a need to accelerate health information technology adoption in Canada. "Most patient care in Canada occurs in primary care settings, yet most health IT investments made to-date have centered on large-scale systems," Turnbull stated in a recent press release. "We want investments that translate into tangible benefits, namely improved patient care and better outcomes."
About Mihealth Global Systems
Mihealth Global Systems leverages Dr. Wendy Graham's medical expertise and Diversinet's MobiSecure® platform to offer the healthcare market extremely secure and connected turnkey mobile healthcare solutions. These solutions can support chronic disease care and management, routine screening, self-testing, and key family health data. The patient-oriented solutions consolidate, secure and facilitate treatment, as well as patient-provider communications and follow-up scheduling and appointment reminders. Connect with Mihealth Global at www.mihealthglobal.com.
Diversinet Corp. (TSX Venture: DIV, OTCBB: DVNTF) provides the healthcare industry with proven, reliable technology for mobile applications that securely connect people with their healthcare information, payers and providers - anyway, anytime and anywhere. Diversinet's MobiSecure® platform helps payers and providers meet rapidly growing needs for safe, convenient, on-the-go storage and sharing of personal health data. Connect with Diversinet Corp. at www.diversinet.com. Its tagline is "Healthcare. Connected and Protected."