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RALEIGH, N.C. – and Triangle-based announced Thursday the availability of two new UL-approved LCD TVs designed specifically for hospitals.

The new line of healthcare televisions, the Samsung LCD 458 Series, integrates hospital-specific features to provide education and entertainment solutions for patients.

"Patients expect more from healthcare facilities and increasingly want access to modern conveniences when they are away from home. Samsung is excited to partner with TeleHealth Services to deliver solutions that help hospitals enhance the patient experience," said Jonas Tanenbaum, vice president of LCD HDTV marketing at Samsung.

"This is an exciting time for healthcare technology as these new healthcare LCD models combine the best entertainment features with the latest in healthcare television technology," added George Fleming, president and CEO of TeleHealth.

The new sets will be available in 26 and 32 inches and feature a full HD display. One of the main features is the integration of TeleHealth’s proprietary TIGR patient education system, which makes an entire library of educational videos available on-demand in hospital rooms.

Educational programs can be accessed at any time directly from the patient’s bedside using a hospital’s telephone system. In addition, both models offer USB autosensing side inputs and an interchangeable pillow speaker interface.

The USB autosensing side inputs enable patients to easily access content such as music, movies, videos, games and more by allowing patients to connect external entertainment devices to the television via a USB port. Hospitals benefit from the interchangeable pillow speaker interface that enables inter-compatibility between multiple pillow speaker brands and pin sets.

To assist in the ease of installation, the Samsung healthcare LCD TVs also feature USB cloning technology, making it easy for administrators to quickly customize and deploy the sets across the facility. They also are energy efficient and feature four energy-saving modes that can reduce power consumption by up to 70 percent.

Telehealth has more than 2,500 healthcare clients across the country.

The Associated Press reported Friday that Samsung’s quarterly profit surged to a record high in the second quarter.

The world’s largest maker of computer memory chips, flat screen TVs, and liquid crystal displays booked net profit of 4.28 trillion won ($3.6 billion) in the second quarter ended June 30, it said Friday in a regulatory filing. That was up 83 percent from 2.33 trillion won profit a year earlier.

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