SOURCE: Capsule Tech, Inc.

Capsule Tech, Inc.

February 26, 2010 07:20 ET

Capsule's Connectivity Solution to Automatically Deliver Patient Data From Stryker Smart Beds Into EMRs

Partnership Will Improve Patient Safety and Clinician Efficiency

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2010) - Capsule (www.capsuletech.com), the leading provider of medical device connectivity, announced it has entered into a partnership with Stryker's Medical division to connect patient data from Stryker smart beds directly into hospital Electronic Medical Records (EMR).

Using Capsule's Enterprise Device Connectivity Solution, featuring the Capsule Neuron™ platform and DataCaptor™ software, important data from Stryker smart beds such as patient weight, bed exit status, iBed® Awareness status, side rail positions, brake status, bed height, head of bed angle, supine and vascular positions, as well as workflow protocol information is automatically integrated into the hospital's EMR. This integration improves accuracy and saves nurses and clinicians the time-consuming task of manually transcribing all of that information into patient records.

Stryker's exclusive iBed Awareness smart bed monitor helps enhance patient safety and increase efficiency by providing more informed care at the bedside while reducing time spent on routine bed checks. iBed Awareness lets caregivers select a specific bed configuration for a particular patient. It then notifies the caregiver when the bed configuration changes via visual or optional audible alerts, and through nurse call. These alarms, as well as data from Protocol Reminders™, an exclusive feature on the InTouch® Critical Care bed, are designed to help organize and promote compliance with proven best practices. This information will now be fed automatically into the EMR for a more complete, accurate, and up-to-date picture of the patient's health and care during his or her hospital stay.

"Capsule was the ideal connectivity partner for us because of its unique ability to get data from all types of medical devices into any EMR," said Rich Mayoras, Senior Group Marketing Manager for Stryker. "Stryker's iBed platform provides valuable, real-time bed- and patient-centric data that clinicians need to provide the best care possible; now with Capsule that data can go directly into the patient's EMR. This combined solution will save clinicians and nurses countless hours of logging and transcribing that valuable patient data at the end of each shift. The result is more time with patients, more accurate, timely data in the system, and better patient care. It's a win for everyone."

"This new partnership with Stryker represents a major milestone for Capsule, as it is our first time connecting a bed as a medical device to an EMR," said Mark Morwood, VP of Product Management at Capsule. "Stryker, like Capsule, understands the importance of getting timely and accurate patient data automatically recorded and integrated into a patient's electronic medical system, both for improved clinician efficiency and better patient care. We are excited that Capsule has been selected as a connectivity solution of choice for Stryker's iBed platform, which is in use in hospitals across the country."

About The Capsule Neuron™

Capsule's Enterprise Connectivity Solution is enabled by the innovative Capsule Neuron platform. The Capsule Neuron is the first intelligent touch-screen platform dedicated to managing device connectivity at the bedside and is the key component of Capsule's solutions. The Capsule Neuron has numerous benefits including display of connectivity status at the bedside, immediate alert at the bedside for quicker troubleshooting, easy access with the touch screen interface, and wireless communication that reduces clutter. For more information about the Capsule Neuron, visit http://www.capsuletech.com/our-solution-capsule-neuron.htm.

About Capsule's Enterprise Connectivity Solution™

Capsule's Enterprise Connectivity Solution is the only solution that will truly adapt to the environment it operates in. Its design gives hospitals the option to deploy connectivity throughout the enterprise so that all departments, not just high acuity, can enjoy the value that device integration has to offer. And it completely integrates with existing or planned caregiver work processes and allows a facility to leverage existing technologies. For more information about Capsule's new Enterprise Connectivity Solution, visit http://www.capsuletech.com/oursolution-enterprisedeviceconnectivity.htm.

About Capsule

For more than 12 years, Capsule has been the world's leading, award-winning provider of solutions for medical device connectivity. The company has established market leadership through its FDA 510(k) cleared software and medical grade hardware products, its unique expertise in device protocols and firmware, and through its strong partnerships with major medical device manufacturers and HIS companies. Capsule's solutions are proven, with over 530 installations at leading healthcare facilities worldwide and its technology is secure, with the largest installed device driver available. Furthermore, Capsule is continually recognized as the leader in the industry receiving the 2008 Frost & Sullivan Global Technology Leadership Award as well as the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 EMEA Awards. And, with the introduction of the Capsule Neuron™ platform and Enterprise Connectivity Solution, Capsule will continue to be the leader, by working with our partners to develop and implement solutions that meet the short and long term patient safety needs of hospitals today. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at http://www.capsuletech.com/ or contact the Company's U.S. Marketing & Public Relations at 978-482-2337.

About Stryker's iBed and Connected Hospital

Stryker's Connected Hospital® and iBed platform involve a combination of communication, networking, and information management with an open-architecture strategy. This provides maximum flexibility for a best-in-class system with a lower total cost of ownership. This platform enables customers to better utilize smart beds as part of their care system both at the bedside and remotely to facilitate significant improvements in the cost and quality of patient care. It also allows customers to maximize their current IT infrastructure investments. Some targeted benefits of the system include increased patient safety (e.g., bed configuration / status, protocol compliance), enhanced outcomes (e.g., adverse events, wound care, ventilator-associated pneumonia), maximizing reimbursements (e.g., staff efficiency, cost containment, reduced length of stay) as well as improved workflow and increased patient and staff satisfaction. Ultimately, connectivity is a means to an end; namely better patient care in a more efficient and effective manner. It's what information is produced and where it's integrated that truly provides value.

About Stryker's Medical Division

The Medical division of Stryker Corporation designs, manufactures, sells and services specialty patient care & handling equipment for the acute care hospital market. Stryker's innovative and easy-to-use products include critical care, med/surg and maternity beds; therapeutic and pulmonary support surfaces; mobility and procedural stretchers; and patient room furniture, as well as ambulance cots, stair and evacuation chairs for the emergency medical services industry. Stryker beds, surfaces and stretchers are also available for rent via a partnership with Universal Hospital Services (UHS). Stryker's Medical division is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and L'Islet, Quebec, Canada.

Stryker is one of the world's leading medical technology companies with the most broadly based range of products in orthopaedics and a significant presence in other medical specialties. Stryker works with respected medical professionals to help people lead more active and more satisfying lives and to reduce healthcare costs. The Company's products include implants used in joint replacement, trauma, craniomaxillofacial and spinal surgeries; biologics; surgical, neurologic, ear, nose & throat and interventional pain equipment; endoscopic, surgical navigation, communications and digital imaging systems; as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment. The Company's web site address is http://www.stryker.com.

Contact Information

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    Amanda McAlpine
    Capsule Tech, Inc.
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    978-482-2300