Welch Allyn converges diagnostics with electronic connectivity
4 December 2009
Welch Allyn showcased its newest suite of core diagnostics
product offerings with next-generation electronic connectivity at Medica
2009 in Dusseldorf last week.
The company also introduced a new energy-efficient medical exam light
and offered a preview of a new portable electrocardiograph.
The company showcased the Welch Allyn Green Series Medical Exam
Lights — some of the first medical exam lights in the world to feature
energy-efficient LEDs. The new lights provide 50,000 hours of life and
produce white, bright light with a colour temperature of 5,500ºK,
providing caregivers with superior illumination that offers
industry-leading lumen performance.
The range of four Green Series Medical Exam Lights are designed for
use in a variety of healthcare settings — from general examinations in
the physician’s office, to in-depth and specialist examinations, to
outpatient and hospital-based procedures.
The bright, white LEDs used in all Green Series Medical Exam Lights
aid in true tissue colour rendition and provide uniform spot size —
features that aid caregivers in every product application. The new
lights are currently available in select international markets and will
be available in the U.S. in January 2010.
The company also previewed a new, lightweight electrocardiograph
(ECG) that is connectivity-ready and designed for use in settings where
flexibility and efficiency are of utmost importance. The Welch Allyn CP
50 ECG has an intuitive design and functionality and offers the speed
and power of a fully-featured ECG in a compact, portable size.
In addition to administering patient tests at the push of a button,
the device can interface with the Welch Allyn CardioPerfect Workstation
Software to connect patient data to an electronic health record (EHR)
system, health information system (HIS), over the Internet, or through
Scheduled for worldwide release in the coming months, the CP 50
provides on-screen instructions that save time and ensure accurate data
capture by highlighting poor signals and connections. The device comes
equipped with an integrated high-resolution thermal printer that
generates ECG reports in customizable formats. The optional MEANS
interpretation program provides a second silent opinion. Finally, a full
range of connectivity solutions are available that allow paperless
archiving and flexible connectivity options.
“Connectivity is having a profound impact on the way we develop our
products,” added Shimer. “Patient safety and sustainability are primary
concerns — in hospitals, remote clinics, and physician offices. We are
designing products that offer greater efficiency and more connectivity
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.”