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February 21, 2011 07:00 ET

Capsule's Connectivity Solution to Deliver Information From Stryker's Wireless Smart Beds Into EMR's

Partnership Will Help Improve Patient Safety and Clinician Efficiency

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - February 21, 2011) - Capsule, the leading provider of medical device connectivity, announced it now supports Stryker's new wireless smart bed 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's smart beds are automatically integrated into the hospital's EMR, such as weight, bed exit status, iBed® Awareness status, side rail positions, possible restraint condition, brake status, bed height, head of bed angle, supine and vascular positions, Braden scores, and workflow protocol information (e.g., patient turns). This integration improves documentation accuracy and saves nurses and clinicians the time-consuming task of manually transcribing all of that information into patient records.

As part of Stryker's focus on prevention, Stryker launched the industry's next generation of connectivity with the first FDA-cleared1 wireless hospital beds to improve care efficiencies and help prevent adverse events. This is accomplished by providing better bedside data and greater flexibility to connect. In addition, Stryker's open architecture approach reduces customers' total cost of ownership and provides the freedom to build a custom solution by allowing caregivers to select the right surface for the right patient.

Stryker's exclusive iBed Awareness smart bed monitor provides an enhanced level of monitoring to help prevent patient falls and notify caregivers of overdue workflow activities. iBed Awareness lets caregivers select a specific bed configuration for a particular patient, then notifies the caregiver if the bed configuration changes via visual or optional audible alerts, and through nurse call systems. These alerts, 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 is a terrific connectivity partner for Stryker because of its market leadership in device connectivity and its ability to get data into any EMR to help address critical documentation needs," said Rich Mayoras, Senior Group Marketing Manager for Stryker. "Stryker's iBed platform and the introduction of the industry's first wireless smart beds enable the next generation of smart bed connectivity to provide valuable, real-time information that clinicians need. 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 information 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.

About Capsule's Enterprise Device 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 such as barcoding for positive patient identification and allows a facility to leverage existing technologies.

About Capsule
For more than 14 years, Capsule has been the world's leading, award-winning provider of solutions for medical device connectivity. Our leadership is made possible through our 510(k) cleared software and medical grade hardware products, our unique expertise in device protocols and firmware, and our strong partnerships with nearly every major medical device manufacturer and HIS company. Our proven Enterprise Medical Device Connectivity Solution, chosen by over 670 facilities, features a patient-centric, vendor neutral design that allows hospitals to connect virtually any medical device, to any information system, in any unit of the hospital. Featuring the innovative Capsule Neuron™ platform, the solution actually integrates with existing technologies and infrastructures and works within the established or planned caregiver work processes. Furthermore, Capsule's solution is completely flexible and scalable thereby allowing a hospital to grow as their needs grow to meet their short and long term connectivity, patient care, and safety needs. For more information, please visit the company's Web site at 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.

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's Medical division is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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, and ear, nose & throat equipment; endoscopic, surgical navigation, and communications systems; as well as patient handling and emergency medical equipment. The Company's web site address is

1According to an FDE Premarket Notification database search from January 1, 1975 to February 1, 2011, there are no other approvals listed for the specific indication listed K103536 under product code FNL, as of February 1, 2011.

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