The Welch Allyn Propaq LT patient monitor received the Frost & Sullivan Product Differentiation Innovation award. From the press release:

Weighing less than two pounds, the Propaq LT comes equipped with
essential continuous monitoring capabilities in a compact design. It
can be used in a number of bedside, transport and ambulatory
applications, and it is deployable in areas in and outside the hospital
where technical complexity or cost made monitoring impossible in the

What's really innovative isn't in the press release.

  • The table top or bed rail cradle with integrated charging - just
    lift the monitor out of the cradle to go portable with a fully charged
  • The ability to connect an LCD computer display via the charging cradle for a larger external display
  • Ruggedized - all monitors get dropped, and for the life of me I
    can't figure out why Welch Allyn is the only vendor who makes
    ruggedized patient monitors
  • Fully configurable display - parameters, wave forms, numerics,
    colors and font size are all adjustable via a PC-based configuration
  • Super compact - the only multi parameter monitor that can be mounted on an IV pole
  • Oh, and its wireless too - communicates with both the Acuity central station and Mobile Acuity for mass casualty situations

The monitor was introduced back in May at the AACN/NTI in New Orleans.