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Welch Allyn Launches CardioPerfect

Welch Allyn announced the release of its CardioPerfect Workstation software Version 1.6.2. redesigned to maximize efficiency, expand electronic health record (EHR) compatibility and increase patient compliance. New and improved software capabilities include pediatric interpretation for its ECG module, compatibility with Microsoft SQL Server 2008, and enhanced METs calculation abilities along with improved report formats for its exercise stress module. Rigorous testing procedures ensure that the CardioPerfect Workstation 1.6.2 spirometry module is also in compliance with the American Thoracic Society's 2005 standards for accuracy and precision.

The Welch Allyn CardioPerfect Workstation software, which enables healthcare professionals to store and review diagnostic test data from a variety of different instruments, has been redesigned to better meet the demands of physicians amidst the economic recession. Tim Callahan, vice president US/Canada marketing and category management at Welch Allyn, is excited about the release of the multifaceted software. Healthcare providers are looking for devices that allow them to do more with less-administer more tests and manage more patient information, Callahan said. The single-platform design of the CardioPerfect Workstation and enhanced software abilities provide them with the ability to work faster and more efficiently-without changing the way they work, Callahan added.

The new pediatric interpretation software on the Welch Allyn ECG module is an important feature that helps improve safety by providing more accurate reporting for pediatric patients. Steve Kenan, senior manager and category management US/Canada cardiopulmonary at Welch Allyn, points to the importance of pediatric interpretation software. Interpretation software is often calibrated for analysis in adults. Consequently, the computer analysis on many ECG machines may provide inaccurate interpretations in children, Kenan said. Our software will allow caregivers to perform recommended heart exams on pediatric patients without the added risk of analysis errors, Kenan added.

The CardioPerfect Workstation 1.6.2 successfully passed all the tests required to meet the new compliance standards for lung function testing. Elsa Wells, regional category manager, cardiopulmonary at Welch Allyn commented on the devices compliance with the ATS/ERS 2005 standards for accuracy and precision. Revised in 2005, the American Thoracic Society’s statement on the standardization of spirometry is now more in tune with user-interface feedback, Wells said. We have made the steps necessary to ensure that our product follows the ATS/ERS 2005 guidelines regarding data display and equipment performance, Wells added.

With the goal of streamlining the installation and support process of Welch Allyn EHR-ready devices, last year Welch Allyn announced a new certification program for vendors of EHR software that connect to Welch Allyn devices. Steve Meyer, president, US/Canada and executive vice president, Welch Allyn highlights the benefits of having connectivity compatibility to 30 certified EHR partners as a result of the new vendor guidelines. By improving the customer experience when installing and operating a Welch Allyn connected device from a certified EHR partner, we can make it easier for practices to take advantage of the quality of care and productivity benefits of device connectivity. This certification program assures customers and users of the CardioPerfect Workstation 1.6.2 or any other Welch Allyn connectivity-enabled device that the medical device/EHR exchange will perform at a superior level, Meyer added.