Yesterday Datascope announced a new connectivity feature called AccuNet (press release). Developed for the Accutorr vital signs monitor, AccuNet is software that runs on Windows PCs, laptops and tablets. The software takes data from the Accutorr monitor via the RS232 serial interface. Then using the wired or wireless network connectivity of the local PC, passes the data to a server with HL7 and XML integration capabilities. AccuNet also includes an "EMR Lite" client application for hospitals that have yet to pop $20 million for their own EMR - this software provides basic flow sheet charting capabilities that can be used until a full blown EMR is adopted.

The good news for hospitals is that this solution supports the 30,000+ Accutorr monitors already in the field. Current solutions with integrated connectivity from Stinger Medical, Welch Allyn and Philips require the purchase of new devices in addition to the connectivity software.

The Accutorr monitor can be pole mounted with a companion tablet PC, or deployed on a COW (computer on wheels). Either way, the patient is connected to the monitor, and readings are accepted by the user at the attached PC and then sent on to Datascope's flow sheet software or the EMR. Patient context can be established via barcode readers or on the connected PC via an ADT feed.

In other news, Datascope reported earnings for FY 2006.

Consolidated sales in fiscal 2006 increased 6% to $373.0 million from
$352.7 million for the year ended June 30, 2005 as growth in Cardiac
Assist and Patient Monitoring sales, which comprise 86% of
consolidated sales, more than offset the decline in the InterVascular
and Interventional Products businesses. Sales growth was reduced by
unfavorable foreign exchange translation of $3.2 million.

Sales of patient monitoring products in fiscal 2006 increased 7% to
$159.4 million compared to last year. Sales growth was driven
principally by sales of the Panorama(TM) central monitoring system in
its first full year of sales, bringing the total number of
installations to more than 400 worldwide. Unfavorable foreign
exchange translation reduced sales growth by $1.0 million in fiscal

UPDATE:  Dave Perkins from Welch Allyn points out that their Connex solution supports legacy devices (press release). He noted that they support a variety of workflows, some through their relationship with Flo Healthcare.