CareView Is A Speculative Buy

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 |  About: Careview Communications, Inc. (CRVW)
by: Mike Havrilla

CareView Communications, Inc. (OTCQB:CRVW) develops, markets and operates high-speed data network systems that are deployed throughout healthcare facilities using the existing cable television infrastructure of the facility. The systems provide bedside, point-of-care video monitoring and recording as well as providing patients with entertainment, communications and education systems. The Company's systems are suitable for use by a wide variety of healthcare institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, adult living centers and select outpatient care facilities.

The system provides multiple functions. It enables healthcare providers to more efficiently and cost-effectively monitor, treat and virtually visit their patients, it enables facilities to implement audit tools to insure that quality standards are being adhered to and safety measures are being complied with, it enables family members and friends of the patient to use the Internet to communicate with and monitor those patients and it enables the patients and their visitors to have access to the Internet and digital entertainment offerings.

With this system the Company is striving to improve the functionality of the existing healthcare system, and at the same time make the patient's experience more comfortable and even productive. To the healthcare facility it also provides bedside video monitoring, recording and documentation, providing a safer environment for the patient, and to the patient and their family it provides the ability to communicate through the Internet, as well as providing an added degree of comfort. The Company believes that its product is unique to the marketplace, and it is confident that it will be accepted on a much broader scale.

The Company's current offerings include 10 products, with additional products and services in development. Current products include "SecureView," "NurseView, "PatientView," "NetView, "Virtual Bed Rails," "PhysicianView," "MovieView," "EquipmentView" and "BabyView." The Company currently offers a choice of three basic offerings to healthcare facilities that in essence "bundle" various groupings of the above offerings. The three basic offerings are its "Primary Package," its "Shared Revenue Package" and its "Connectivity Package."

Additional product offerings in development are videos to educate patients, various discharge services and RFID tracking capabilities, among others. CRVW intends to significantly increase its marketing efforts over the next 12 months. The company will pursue various sales methods, as well as expanding on existing relationships and contacts through the Company's management and advisers, most of whom have extensive experience within the healthcare sector.

Tommy Thompson is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and has been with the company since 2005. Mr. Thompson was the Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001 and was the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the Bush administration from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Thompson has been a strong advocate on healthcare issues. Samuel Greco is CareView's Chief Executive Officer and has been with the company since 2007. Mr. Greco has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and was a senior executive at Columbia/HCA (Hospital Corporation of America).

Craig Benson is the Chairman of the Advisory Board and has been with the company since 2008. Mr. Benson was Governor of New Hampshire from 2003 to 2005, and was an early pioneer in the technology field, co-founding Cabletron Systems in 1983. Steve Johnson is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the company and has been with the Company since 2006. Mr. Johnson has over 20 years of experience in the cable and wireless industry.

The Company's contracts are subscription-based and are generally longer-term, for a minimum of three years, providing a steady, recurring revenue stream that provides a high degree of visibility. Its customers are healthcare facilities that pay the Company a monthly subscription fee. In addition, the Company collects "shared" (gross) revenues from the healthcare facilities' patients for daily usage, and then remits a portion of those revenues to the facility.

CRVW.PK recently signed two additional hospital contracts in April, the early portion of its Q2. In Q1, all of the Company's revenues were derived from one institution, Baylor Medical Center at Frisco. However, the Company is currently in the process of installing systems in additional facilities and is also in the process of executing contracts for additional hospitals with the expectation of revenue contributions from additional facilities to be seen within approximately the next two quarters.

The Company's Q1 revenues were $10,547 vs. $10,190 for its Q1 of 2008. Its net loss was $(1.05) million vs. $(0.65) million for its Q1 of 2008. Its EPS loss was $(0.01) vs. $(0.01) for its Q1 of 2008. Its operating cash flow (OCF) loss was $(689,976) vs. $(306,418) for its Q1 of 2008. As of March 31, 2009, the company had approximately $271,696 in cash and equivalents and approximately $2.31 million in total debt, as well as approximately $466,000 in additional liabilities.

CareView is worth consideration for aggressive traders at this early stage of development considering its valuation as a multiple of sales, pink sheet trading status, and low trading volumes. However, the Company has attracted a distinguished team of directors and advisers in addition to offering a unique product offering that fills a need for healthcare facilities which has the potential for much broader market acceptance in the Health IT (information technology) industry.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.