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TMCNet:  Wireless Connection Between Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitors and seca 360� Scales and Measuring Devices Helps Reduce Errors and Improve Workflow

[February 17, 2014]

Wireless Connection Between Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitors and seca 360� Scales and Measuring Devices Helps Reduce Errors and Improve Workflow

SKANEATELES FALLS, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today announced it has partnered with seca , global leader in medical measuring and weighing systems, to enable wireless automated interface between the Welch Allyn Connex® Vital Signs Monitor (VSM) and seca scales and measuring devices with the seca 360� system. The partnership allows Welch Allyn to offer for the first time a wirelessly connected weight and height patient data solution for both physician and hospital customers in low-acuity settings.

The two devices communicate wirelessly through a seca adapter that plugs into the Welch Allyn Connex VSM. They can be up to 98 feet apart, depending upon office configuration, and still communicate, which will help increase workflow by reducing the need to move equipment from room to room. Automating the interface between the respective devices can also help eliminate documentation errors by reducing the need for manual parameter recording, while also increasing the speed of recording weight and height into electronic medical records (EMR).

"In order to improve patient outcomes, healthcare providers need access to accurate patient data from the initial point of care," said Doug Linquest, senior vice president, Vital Signs Business Unit at Welch Allyn. "And the availability of wireless connectivity between a Welch Allyn vital signs monitor and seca 360� devices allows us to provide a solution that will add up-to-date patient weight and height directly to their data and then can be trnsferred to an EMR."

Under the agreement, seca scales and measuring devices with the seca 360� system include digital column scales, measuring stations, pediatric scales, multifunctional wheelchair scales, bariatric scales, chair scales and seca's newest device - the seca mBCA (medical Body Composition Analyzer). Each device is designed to accommodate every kind of patient need quickly and accurately in a physician or hospital setting.

"Doctor visits in any setting tend to start with the measurement of vital signs-blood pressure, temperature, and, of course, weight and height-all essential information to provide proper care and treatment to the patient," said Lyndsey Nunez, marketing manager of seca North America. "This partnership seems to be a natural fit between seca and Welch Allyn as both companies focus on providing solutions that help improve the first interaction between healthcare providers and patients. Additionally, the seca 360� system encrypts the transmission by Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with seca's own wireless protocol, and is protected from interaction with other networks. So, multiple seca devices can be used together, and with the Welch Allyn Connex VSM, securely in any clinical environment. We look forward to the benefits this creates for healthcare professionals around the world who are looking to utilize reliable technology in their everyday practice."

The seca 360� wireless scales and measuring devices are available in countries where the Welch Allyn Connex VSM is sold. For more information, visit www.welchallyn.com or www.seca.com.

About Welch Allyn

Welch Allyn helps reduce risk and improve patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes in a variety of clinical settings through a complete range of EMR-interfaced vital signs and cardiac monitoring diagnostic solutions, physical diagnosis instruments and infection control products. The company specializes in helping doctors, nurses and other frontline providers across the globe streamline workflow by developing innovative solutions that enable immediate access to accurate patient data. A leading global healthcare company founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. (USA), Welch Allyn is a family-owned business that employs nearly 2,600 employees in 26 different countries. More information about Welch Allyn and its complete line of connected products and solutions may be found at www.welchallyn.com. Like us on�Facebook�and follow us on�Twitter.

About seca

seca, the global leader in medical measuring and weighing, offers healthcare providers advanced wireless technology and system solutions that go beyond height and weight. Based on 170 years of quality German engineering, seca medical devices set the standard for innovation, design and reliability. On every continent, doctors and nurses in medical practices, hospitals and nursing homes rely on the high quality of seca's medical scales and measuring systems. seca products range from pediatric scales and measuring systems, measuring stations and column scales, flat scales, height measuring systems, multifunctional and wheelchair scales, chair scales, body composition analyzers and other specialized scales. To learn more about seca products visit www.seca.com.


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