Frost & Sullivan will confer the 2006 Enabling Technology of the Year Award in the Patient Monitoring medical technology industry on CapsuleTech, Inc. for its DataCaptor™ Connectivity Suite. CapsuleTech's connectivity solutions enable the integration of data from any bedside medical device into any hospital information system, thereby saving valuable nursing time, enabling clinical workflow automation and contributing to improved healthcare quality. Mr. Arnaud Houette, CEO of CapsuleTech, will accept the award on behalf of the company at an awards ceremony to be held in London on February 21, 2007.
"CapsuleTech has emerged as the world's leading provider of vendor-neutral medical device connectivity solutions," notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Aarati Ajay. "It focuses on the development of software and hardware that facilitate medical device data integration; its independent medical device connectivity middleware engine features one of the largest device interface libraries in the world with over 330 different types of medical devices, such as patient monitors, ventilators and infusion pumps, supported. With the help of CapsuleTech technology, seamless medical data transfer, such as of a patient's physiologic vital signs into an electronic health record, will soon become the norm."
Positioning itself as an independent solutions provider, the company uses its expertise in FDA 510(k) cleared software development and medical grade firmware to deliver comprehensive connectivity solutions for hospitals, medical device manufacturers, hospital information systems providers and healthcare system integrators. Capsule not only provides turnkey implementation products and services for access to medical device data, but its software includes a rich feature set of systems tools for ongoing data management by the hospital's information technology department staff.
"Clinical automation and decision support tools are experiencing unlimited growth opportunities, with greater emphasis on increasing healthcare workflow efficiency and reducing medical errors," says Ms. Ajay. "Apart from providing reliable, scalable and more importantly, cost-effective solutions, CapsuleTech's solutions aid in optimizing healthcare delivery. They save the valuable time of clinical professionals and improve the accuracy of clinical documentation. ""It is amazing how much time nurses spend manually documenting patient vital signs," adds Mr. Houette. "By automatically collecting patient vitals into the electronic clinical Information system, CapsuleTech's solutions save thousands of nursing hours each year and deliver a rapid, tangible return on investment. Our solutions can benefit hospitals of any size."
Despite generalized support for the creation of individual electronic health records that contain all forms of medical information from disparate sources gathered and stored for future reference, the actual implementation of such systems has faced a number of difficulties. Data from medical devices are most often available only in non-standard formats. The challenge is to gather the data from multiple sources, convert it to a common format and communicate it to different types of healthcare information systems in a unified data stream.
CapsuleTech's DataCaptor system converts medical device data to a common XML or HL7 format to enable easier integration with many types of healthcare information systems applications. DataCaptor Device Interfaces (DDIs) support the integration of information from all medical devices into a common data "bank"
"Device manufacturers constantly upgrade their communication protocols and software, necessitating changes in the type of interface used to integrate the data from the specific device into the information system," observes Ms. Ajay. "Here, CapsuleTech has benefited from its well-established relationships with medical device manufacturers and has succeeded in staying ahead in product and software upgrades, by concurrently launching upgraded versions of the interface."
The company has proved its competence in medical device connectivity with the largest array of device interfaces available in the industry. The versatility of its solutions lies in its flexibility to adapt to any application that requires device connectivity.
About the Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology of the Year & Best Practices Awards
The Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology of the Year Award is presented to a company that has developed a technology that can benefit or revolutionize the industry. The Award recipient has developed a solution that removes a significant stumbling block in the development of technology.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.
CapsuleTech is the world's leading provider of solutions for medical device data integration. Founded in 1997, the Company has specialized exclusively in medical device connectivity. It has established market leadership through its suite of hardware and software products, its unique expertise in device protocols and firmware, and through its strong partnerships with major medical device manufacturers and healthcare information technology companies. CapsuleTech has offices in Boston (MA), Cincinnati (OH), Portland (OR), San Antonio (TX) and Paris (France). CapsuleTech's OEM and VAR business partners, as well as its direct healthcare organization customers are located throughout North America and Europe.
For more information on CapsuleTech, please visit the company website. CapsuleTech will also showcase its new medical device connectivity products at the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans (LA, USA), February 26 through March 1st, 2007. Visit CapsuleTech at Exhibit #7641. For more information about HIMSS, see himss07.org.
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