Draeger has been using Packeteer to provide quality of service (QoS) network management for some time. Draeger is the first continuous patient monitoring vendor to drop the requirement that their devices run on a private subnet. Running real time patient monitoring data across networks requires stringent latency requirements in order to minimize lost data and potentially missed alarms. The Packeteer PacketShaper provides the means to manage the broader hospital network infrastructure to ensure QoS for patient monitoring (and other medical devices that potentially generate life threatening alarms – like “smart” IV pumps and vents). You can read more on this here, here and here.

Recently, Philips started supporting VLANs for routing medical device data across hospital's general networks. Rumor has it they'll be adding some more enhancements early next year (in time for HIMSS maybe?).

Draeger's the first medical device vendor to use Wi-Fi certification of WLAN cards as a regulatory strategy. This lets their customers chose any WLAN card to use in Draeger monitors, as long as they're Wi-Fi certified. What a concept!

Today, Packeteer issued this press release touting Draeger's use of the PacketShaper.

Infinity OneNet is a breakthrough architecture that creates a single,
seamless wired-wireless LAN/WAN infrastructure, allowing hospitals to
add a wireless patient monitoring system to an existing network.
Infinity OneNet reduces costs by simplifying network administration and
fully leverages and protects a hospital's current network investment.
The solution conforms to industry standards, including IEEE 802.3
Ethernet, 802.11b wireless LANs and 802.11Q virtual LANs, allowing it
to be implemented in most environments. The quality of service (QoS)
needed to support patient monitoring is provided by a strategic
solution between Draeger Medical and Packeteer.

Perhaps someone can tell me what's new about this.