Welch Allyn Advances Converges Traditional Diagnostics Devices with Latest in Electronic Connectivity Technology

Jan. 24, 2010, DUBAI, U.A.E.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arab Health Congress-Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, will showcase its newest suite of core diagnostics product offerings that feature next-generation electronic connectivity technology this week at the 2010 Arab Health Congress in Dubai, U.A.E. In addition to previewing a new, portable electrocardiograph (ECG) at its state-of-the-art display in Hall 6, booth A50, the company will showcase energy-efficient medical exam lights and a new wireless connectivity module for the Spot Vital Signs® LXi-the first of several next-generation Welch Allyn devices that will incorporate the new technology.

"This week at Arab Health Welch Allyn will feature our electronic connected solutions which offer significant clinical and economic benefits to providers," says Welch Allyn President and CEO Julie Shimer. "This is the direct result of the growing demand for device connectivity playing a greater role in healthcare delivery."

The company will preview a new, lightweight ECG that is connectivity-ready and designed for use in settings where flexibility and efficiency are of utmost importance. Scheduled for release later this month in select international markets, the Welch Allyn CP 50TM 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 CardioPerfectTM Workstation software to connect patient data to an electronic health record (EHR) system, health information system (HIS), over the Internet, or through e-mail.

In addition, the company will showcase the Welch Allyn Green SeriesTM Medical Exam Lights-some of the first medical exam lights in the world to feature energy-efficient light- emitting diodes (LEDs). Now available worldwide, the new lights provide 50,000 hours of life and produce white, bright light with a color temperature of 5,500ºK, providing caregivers with superior illumination that offers industry-leading lumen performance.

Finally, the company will highlight a new radio that was designed specifically for the medical market and operates on hospitals' existing wireless systems using 802.11 a/b/g technology. The radio is currently available for the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs LXi-one of the industry's fastest multi-parameter spot-check devices that can be customized for use in a variety of clinical settings. The wireless Spot Vital Signs LXi transmits vital signs data to an EHR through the company's Connex® Data Management software-eliminating the need for clinicians to manually input data. The new 802.11 radio will also be incorporated into the company's next-generation products currently in development.

"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."

About Welch Allyn

Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY (USA), Welch Allyn is a leading global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment and a complete range of digital and connected solutions. With 2,500 employees working in 26 different countries, Welch Allyn 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.