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Welch Allyn Will Showcase High-Performance Solutions Designed to Enhance Patient Safety, Vitals Management at HIMSS Middle East 12



5/21/2012 10:25:48 AM

SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y.- May 20, 2012-(BUSINESS WIRE / ME NewsWire )-- Welch Allyn, a leading global provider of medical diagnostic devices headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY, will showcase its latest generation of connected solutions designed to address the needs of new medical practices at booth 111 this week at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Middle East Conference and Health IT Leadership Summit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The company will offer visitors hands-on demonstrations of products that swiftly gather accurate patient data and transmit it to an electronic medical record (EMR), including the new platform-based Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System (IWS).

According to Wajdi AlDaghma, director, Welch Allyn Middle East, the solutions Welch Allyn is featuring at HIMSS Middle East 12 this week are a direct result of the growing demand for connected and configurable solutions that anticipate and respond to unique healthcare provider needs in the region. The products offer easy-to-use features and options that provide clinicians with access to information they need to provide the best possible patient care.

"The solutions we are featuring this week at HIMSS Middle East 12 allow providers to quickly and efficiently collect and record patients' vital signs, which is important in fast-paced hospital settings," said AlDaghma. "We have a commitment to fostering high-performance healthcare environments, and our platform-based devices help reduce the chance of transcription errors and the time required to collect patient data--as well as providing all clinicians near-instant access to patient vital signs records."

Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System

The Welch Allyn Connex® Integrated Wall System (IWS) incorporates nearly 100 years of innovation into one unit including traditional Welch Allyn physical assessment instruments--an integrated ophthalmoscope and otoscope--and twenty-first century vital signs documentation technology with the Connex® Vital Signs Monitor (VSM). The Connex VSM is a full-color, touch-screen device providing automatic measurements such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pulse oximetry, weight and Total Hemoglobin; manual parameters such as respiration, height and pain level; and modifiers such as body position, O2 therapy details and others.

By incorporating Connex VSM technology into the Connex IWS, the wall unit can be configured for spot-check, monitoring with intervals or triage modes and is ideal for sites using an EMR. The Connex IWS significantly reduces time spent on manual transcription and instances of human error with automatic data transfer to an EMR. And it offers the ability for patient vital signs records to be viewed anytime, anywhere on a network. The customizable wall system supports both Welch Allyn and its manufacturing partners' technology, and its open architecture makes it a great investment, as upgrades and new technology can be added as they become available.

Without digital solutions such as these, studies have shown that 10,000 omission and/or transcription errors can occur per year for a typical 200-bed facility in the United States; 8,000 hours were wasted with manual vital sign documentation; and more than $250,000 was lost in productivity due to lack of access to vitals. The availability of automated systems that capture and wirelessly transmit patient data minimizes all of these issues.

"Scalability is having a profound impact on the way we develop our products," added AlDaghma. "Accuracy, workflow and patient safety are primary concerns in hospitals in the Middle East and around the world. We are designing platform-based solutions that offer greater efficiency and more configurability options to help shape the future of healthcare delivery beyond traditional approaches to connect, manage, and share patient information--and improve patient care in the process."

About Welch Allyn

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY (USA), Welch Allyn is a leading global provider of medical diagnostic equipment and a complete range of digital and connected solutions. With 2,750 employees working in 26 different countries, Welch Allyn is a family-owned business that specializes in helping doctors, nurses, and other frontline practitioners across the globe provide the best patient care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies, and cutting-edge solutions that help them see more patients, detect more conditions, and improve more lives. More information about Welch Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at www.welchallyn.com.


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