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Saturday, June 18, 2011


Duluth-based GeaCom earns awards for Phrazer multilingual device

As Duluth-based GeaCom was bringing its Phrazer to market, it also was garnering honors along the way for its breakthrough technology.
By: Candace Renalls , Duluth News Tribune
As Duluth-based GeaCom was bringing its Phrazer to market, it also was garnering honors along the way for its breakthrough technology.


Last week, Geacom’s handheld wireless device, which overcomes language barriers between patients and caregivers, won top honors in the 2011 Edison Awards’ best new product category of handheld or miniaturized devices.


The internationally prestigious annual awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, honor innovation and excellence in developing, marketing and launching new products. GeaCom was among the top winners that included Ford Motor Co.’s rear inflatable seat belts, the Apple iPad and GE Lighting’s new Energy Star LED A19 Bulb.


GeaCom founder Mat Johnson developed the Phrazer in 2003 to solve a global health-care problem when patients and medical professionals speak different languages. A 2003 study found that in the average emergency patient encounter, the language barrier accounts for 31 errors in interpretation, 19 of which could be life threatening, according to GeaCom.


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