VANCOUVER, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd. ("China Health") (TSXV: CHO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded membership with honors by the China Association of Medical Equipment (CAME), for China Health's total diagnostic lab solution, known as the BK Clinlab, for its great contribution in improving rural hospital diagnostic capacity in Henan and Liaoning provinces. CAME is an industry association that works with manufacturers and the Ministry of Health of the Chinese government to improve standards for medical equipment for rural and urban hospitals. In 2009, the CAME issued an official letter to all provinces in China naming China Health's BK Clinlab as the "most suitable technology for rural hospital diagnostic labs."
The BK Clinlab was developed by China Health as a suite of standard diagnostics equipment and reagents, hardware and software, for use in rural hospitals, supported by a service network. The BK Clinlab includes basic in-vitro diagnostic testing equipment (and complementary reagents) such as haematology analyzer, coagulation analyzer, urine analyzer, biochemistry analyzer, and electrolyte analyzer. China Health has developed proprietary computer hardware and software that connects the diagnostic equipment and assists with analysis, allowing rural hospitals to conduct basic diagnostic tests. As part of the BK Clinlab, a network of service centres staffed with trained technicians has and is being set up to provide support to rural hospitals within the service areas and to provide a dependable source of reagents. As rural diagnostic facilities in China are typically underserviced and often lack even basic diagnostic capabilities, China Health believes that it is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity, as they are the first company in China to identify and create a medical laboratory solution specifically tailored to service the approximately 50,000 rural hospitals throughout China. In addition, in 2009, the Chinese government announced plans to spend RMB 850 billion (approximately CAD$130 billion) to improve health care over a three year period, including the construction of almost 40,000 new rural hospitals and clinics.
"Since 2007, when we installed our first BK Clinlabs in twenty rural hospitals in Henan Province, we have worked with our customers to improve our rural diagnostic lab solution. We are now the only total lab solution for rural hospitals recommended by CAME," said Wilson Yao, CEO of China Health. "As validated by the recognition from the CAME, we have developed a solution that delivers rural hospitals a complete set of diagnostic tests, while providing China Health initial revenues from the sale of equipment, installation and training, and ongoing revenues from the supply of testing reagents, service and maintenance."
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China Health has also included in this press release figures based on agreements and proposed agreements to install its BK Clinlab total diagnostic lab solution, which is a non-GAAP measure. Readers are cautioned that such a measure is not recognized under Canadian GAAP and should not be construed to be an indicator of performance or liquidity or cash flows. China Health's method of calculating this measure may differ from the method used by other entities and accordingly China Health's measure may not be comparable to the measure used by other entities.
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