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New Wireless Vitals Solution from Welch Allyn Aligns with Population Health Management Objectives

Third generation spot monitor automatically transfers patient data to hospital EMRs, enabling improvements in patient safety and clinical decision-making and reducing risk to facilities

Skaneateles Falls, NY

The primary objective of population health management is to keep a patient population as healthy as possible, reducing the need for more expensive tests, procedures and hospital stays that add additional costs to the system. In order to do this effectively, data automation is required to help providers proactively manage preventive and chronic patient care needs across the continuum. Today, Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company, announced it has launched a new wireless patient monitor for hospitals that fully automates vital signs capture, interval monitoring, early warning score tracking and data transfer to a facility’s electronic medical record (EMR) system.

The Welch Allyn Connex® Spot Monitor is a configurable, full-color touchscreen monitor that provides comprehensive and accurate patient documentation using a single device, including:

  • pulse rate and blood pressure measurement utilizing 15-second SureBP® technology
  • SureTemp® Plus thermometry technology;
  • professional-grade pulse oximetry options from Masimo® (NASDAQ: MASI), Nonin Medical®, and a Covidien® (NYSE: COV); and
  • customizable fields for entry of additional patient information collected at the bedside such as pain level and responsiveness.

"Every day hospital clinicians face new and difficult challenges, but these should not include inaccuracy of patient data, a lack of access to that data, or low efficiency with collecting vitals," said Garrison Gomez, senior director of Vital Signs and Cardiology, US & Canada, at Welch Allyn. "The Welch Allyn Connex Spot Monitor is a third generation connected vital signs device that provides an end-to-end solution to these problems. It has multiple parameters and wireless connectivity to ensure accurate vital signs measurement across an entire patient population and future-proof compatibility with leading EMRs."

In addition to advanced EMR connectivity, the device also helps track and detect early signs of patient deterioration using the built-in Connex® Scoring App. The app uses a point-of-care calculator structured around the hospital's own Early Warning Score (EWS) protocols to determine the likelihood of adverse events. As vitals are taken and additional patient data is input into the device, the Connex Scoring App produces an automated, color-coded scoring result that is displayed on the device along with facility-determined intervention instructions to help providers make informed patient care decisions quickly. Scoring information can also be communicated to the EMR as well as displayed on a central nursing station if the device is a part of a Welch Allyn Connex® Clinical Surveillance System.

"The Welch Allyn Connex Spot Monitor is designed to bring modern information technology to bear on routine vitals collection and management," added Gomez. "Made for clinicians by clinicians, the device converges all aspects of vital signs measurement into one system, including patient data capture and wireless transfer to an EMR. Medical charting and documentation errors are reduced thereby improving clinical decision-making and patient outcomes that can help physicians meet their population health management objectives."

About Welch Allyn, Inc.

Since 1915 Welch Allyn has brought a unique perspective to developing diagnostic solutions by combining pragmatic knowledge with a visionary spirit of innovation and ongoing improvement. As a leading global manufacturer of physical examination instruments and accessories and EMR-connected vital signs and cardiac monitoring solutions, the company has a steadfast commitment to delivering superlative medical products, services and solutions that help healthcare professionals provide better care for their patients. Welch Allyn is headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. (USA) and employs more than 2,600 people in 26 different countries. Visit www.welchallyn.com for more information. Like us onFacebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Nonin Medical, Inc.

Nonin Medical, Inc. invented the finger pulse oximeter (the original Onyx® brand) and designs and manufactures noninvasive medical monitoring solutions that meet customers’ technology needs today and tomorrow. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minn., USA, with an additional customer service center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Nonin Medical sells its pulse and regional oximeters, capnographs, sensors and software to health professionals and consumers in more than 125 countries. The company has more than 300 OEM partners worldwide. For more information, visit nonin.com.