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Digi International Provides Critical Connection For Humanitarian Efforts in the Peruvian Amazon

“Jungle-Ready” Technology Provides Wireless Communications for Scalpel At The Cross’ EMR Application; Will be Demonstrated at Humanitarian Technology Conference

MINNETONKA, Minn. and Miami, Fla. – June 6, 2016 – This week at the Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2016 conference, Digi International®, (NASDAQ: DGII, www.digi.com), a leading global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and IoT connectivity products and services, and Scalpel At The Cross, a Christian medical mission to the Peruvian Amazon, will be demonstrating how they are bringing critical orthopaedic services to the tribal population of Pucallpan Peruvians. The conference is being held June 7-9, 2016 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.

Founded in 2004, Scalpel At The Cross is an orthopaedic medical ministry with the goal of supporting and amplifying ongoing Christian ministries within the country of Peru by bringing much needed aid to an area with a long history of poverty, medical neglect, and suffering. A key aspect of the program is the use of innovative new techniques as part of surgical campaigns.

As part of this effort, the ministry developed CrossCare - a custom-built application to withstand harsh jungle conditions. A state-of-the-art electronic medical record (EMR) system, CrossCare features an iOS-based application that runs on any Apple device (iPad, iPad mini, iPhone), leverages wireless peer-to-peer networking and Google Cloud data storage to create, manage, share and track patient data and treatment outcomes.

Outfitted with a collection of iPads, doctors and medical staff at the Pucallpa medical campus record important data through the registration, examination, and treatment planning stages.  Through peer-to-peer networking over a Digi wireless router, information entered into one iPad is shared in near real-time on all of the staff’s iPads allowing each member of the medical staff to have complete information at their fingertips. Information is consolidated into a medical database and replicated on every tablet without servers or broadband connectivity. For patients requiring surgery, the CrossCare application is used to record surgery documentation, post-operative rounds and follow up exams.

“Connectivity in the hot jungle was one of our biggest concerns. We needed to quickly share data between devices during fast-paced clinics in harsh jungle conditions,” said Lori Most, CrossCare founder and manager. “I remember us watching the Digi router as the temperature continued to rise. Digi’s TransPort router was really a linchpin in getting us the consistent connection we needed to make our system work no matter how hot things got.”

Through a sponsorship provided by Digi International, Scalpel At The Cross will be demonstrating CrossCare at the exhibit session on June 8, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

“Digi is proud to help Scalpel At The Cross demonstrate this solution to other humanitarian groups,” said Kevin C. Riley, chief operating officer, Digi International. “The primary goal is to make CrossCare available to other mission hospitals with the potential to grow into a global solution. If this can be accomplished, its benefits will expand well beyond Peru and help many people around the world.”

The purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists, engineers, technologists and policymakers from across academic, government, industry and non-government organizations to discuss, share and promote current research and recent accomplishments across all aspects of technology, from science to systems that have a global humanitarian impact.

For more information on Digi International visit http://www.digi.com/

For more information on Scalpel At The Cross visit http://scalpelatthecross.org/

About Scalpel At The Cross 
Scalpel At The Cross is a Christian ministry that brings consistent orthopaedic surgical care to Pucallpa, Peru. Founded in Minnesota in 2004, volunteer surgical teams continue to travel to Pucallpa three to four times each year.  Patients receive post-surgical care from Scalpel's local Peruvian physician for up to a year after surgery.  For more information, visit Scalpel's website at www.ScalpelAtTheCross.org or call 786-390-0326.

About Digi International 
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) is a leading global provider of business and mission-critical, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. We help our customers create next-generation connected products and deploy and manage critical communications infrastructures in demanding environments with high levels of security, relentless reliability and bulletproof performance. Founded in 1985, we’ve helped our customers connect more than 100 million things, and growing. For more information, visit Digi's website at www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444 (U.S.) or 952-912-3444 (International).

Media Contacts:

Linda Nite, Mission Coordinator, Scalpel At The Cross
Office: +1 786-390-0326
linda.nite@scalpelatthecross.org

Rick McLaughlin for Digi International
LEWIS
Office: +1 781-418-2402
rick.mclaughlin@teamlewis.com

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