Dräger Medical receives award for  wireless patient monitoring technology

30 March 2006

London, UK. Dräger Medical has been awarded the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology & Innovation Excellence in the European Markets for Wireless Patient Monitoring in Hospitals.

The company is recognised for its pioneering technology solution, Infinity OneNet. “Dräger Medical has the unique distinction of being the only company in the market to integrate a hospital-wide wireless patient monitoring network,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Aarati Ajay in his statement describing the award bestowed on Dräger Medical. This ground-breaking technology effectively establishes a single unified wireless infrastructure throughout the hospital that supports both monitoring and hospital information systems.

Until the launch of this system, the patient monitoring network functioned as a standalone entity, discrete from the network of the hospital. This often sets up barriers to technology and workflow innovation made possible by the widespread deployment of wireless monitoring. However, Infinity OneNet has ushered in a paradigm shift. “With the adoption of Dräger Medical’s innovative Infinity OneNet solution, hospitals can elevate their monitoring networks to true IT standards of performance and reliability,” continues Ajay. Moreover, the compliance to the 802.3 Ethernet and Wi-Fi standards and the effective management of wireless bandwidth has helped this innovative system provide effective segmentation of the network based on hospital needs. This is particularly suited for the transfer of life-critical data such as patient alarms and vital signs information. Tools embedded in the system architecture differentiate life-critical patient data from other data and prioritize it accordingly. The Infinity OneNet network thereby provides high availability fulfilment of service requirements. The use of an application traffic management system prioritises data based on several parameters. At the same time, the system’s unique attributes assuage end-user concerns about the shared infrastructure compromising system reliability.

The entire monitoring network at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) is based on Infinity OneNet. Additionally, a service implementation strategy allows the hospital to build the system to their needs and standards. It also recognises the need to carefully design and implement the wireless network by using certified wireless professionals and state-of-the-art RF planning tools. A unified system approach to networking within a hospital not only enhances productivity, but also offers significant return on investment. Because this system can be easily incorporated into the existing network infrastructure, hospitals can avoid additional implementation and service costs. Other benefits include increased mobility for patients as well as greater flexibility of hospital resources. Another advantage is that by making use of industry-standard hardware, tools for network management, and security, the hospital is not tied to one vendor.

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