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 News Release - May 22, 2007

New Welch Allyn Remote Clinical Notification System Sends Clinicians Real-Time Patient Data Via Hand-Held Device

AcuityLink(TM) Clinician Notifier Allows Caregivers to Remotely Access Real-Time and Historical Vital Signs Data from Multiple Patients from Any Location

ATLANTA--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, today unveiled the Welch Allyn AcuityLink Clinician Notifier at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Atlanta. The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier is a hand-held patient monitoring solution that delivers real-time and historic waveforms, numerics and alarm information directly to caregivers via a wireless PDA device regardless of their location, giving providers vital information to make immediate decisions about their patients' needs.

"Healthcare providers often feel like they need to be in two places at once in order to do their jobs effectively," said Grant Gibson, group product director, Welch Allyn Monitoring. "The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier puts the power of central monitoring directly into the nurses' hands. By seamlessly integrating into an existing hospital network, it lets providers monitor multiple patients from anywhere their job takes them--giving them more visibility to their patients and, most importantly, more control over their care and safety."

The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier allows clinicians to self-assign patients at the beginning of their shifts, customize the type of alarms that are transmitted to the device, and utilize a bidirectional communication system with the Welch Allyn Acuity® Central Station. The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier also has a three-tiered alarm escalation system that sends alarms to the primary caregiver and then will automatically escalate to a secondary clinician if the alarm persists and then to all clinicians on the network if necessary. It also provides audible and visual warnings if the user travels outside the wireless network coverage area, as well as distinct alarm tones for high-level and lethal arrhythmias as well as other vital sign parameter alarms.

The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier's unique design avoids the limitations of previous products developed by other companies, extends the definition of a remote paging or alarm notification system, and provides new features that enhance nursing workflow, save time and increase patient safety.

"The AcuityLink Clinician Notifier is a perfect addition to the Welch Allyn monitoring family and any hospital that cares about maximizing caregiver time with patients and ensuring patient safety," added Gibson. "All patient data is stored on the Welch Allyn Connectivity Server, so it is transferred to the hand-held device quickly. It is designed to ensure that patient information can only be accessed by designated clinicians--protecting sensitive data, improving outcomes and reducing transcription errors. Ultimately, the biggest benefit to having the AcuityLink Clinician Notifier is that it breaks down the boundaries between the provider, the information they want, and when they want it."

About Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is today a leading manufacturer of innovative medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices, cardiac defibrillators, patient monitoring systems, and miniature precision lamps. Headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, New York, Welch Allyn employs more than 2,300 people and has numerous manufacturing, sales, and distribution facilities located throughout the world. Additional information about Welch Allyn and its products can be found at www.welchallyn.com.


Source: Welch Allyn

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