N.Y.-based Welch Allyn was the 1st to land federal clearance to deploy wireless patient vital sign monitors in federal hospitals, an accreditation monitored by the National Institute of Standards & Technology.
The win opens the door for Welch Allyn to launch its wireless-enabled patient tracking systems on the frontlines, according to a press release. The integrated radio device is found within several of the company’s vital signs monitoring systems, including the Connex vital signs monitor 6500 series and the Connex integrated wall system 8500 series.
The radio device received FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validation, the U.S. standard for authorizing communication security models for commercial use.
The device operates on hospitals’ existing wireless systems and enables the transmission of vital signs data to an electronic medical record through the company’s vitals management software.
"Our integrated radio uniquely meets the demands of clinical staff on the frontlines since it was designed specifically for low-acuity areas, like med/surg floors," said Welch Allyn U.S. and Canada marketing director Will Fox in prepared remarks. "The validation of our proprietary radio demonstrates our continued commitment to meeting the needs of security-conscious healthcare organizations and enables the U.S. federal government to buy with confidence knowing these Welch Allyn devices meet their computing policy requirements for protecting sensitive patient information."