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January 14, 2002

Code Blue Communications demonstrates Bluetooth 1.1 approved Interfaces to Medical Devices
Code Blue Communications, Inc. has demonstrated the wireless transfer of electronic patient data from medical devices utilizing Bluetooth 1.1 approved interfaces, at the Bluetooth Developers Conference. 

Using connectBlue’s Serial Port Adapter™ technology, Code Blue Communications worked with patient monitors from medical device industry leaders Welch Allyn, Inc., and Nonin Medical, Inc., to demonstrate both a complete portable monitoring solution and the first Bluetooth wireless wearable medical sensor shown to the public.

The Welch Allyn Propaq“ CS portable monitor was demonstrated transmitting waveforms for a full set of patient parameters including multiple ECG channels and respiration.  “We are investigating Bluetooth wireless technology for use in our products to enable an increased range of communications options, especially the ability for various wireless technology to coexist creating an integrated, untethered healthcare solution,” says Jim Welch, VP and CTO for Welch Allyn, a leader in ISM band wireless products.  Currently Welch Allyn’s products operate on their FlexNet‘ patient monitoring system, which integrates both wireless and hardwired devices on one network.

The Nonin wearable device incorporated their pulse oximetry technology transmitting oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse, and continuous plethysmographic waveform.  The device was demonstrated with the Bluetooth link to a companion stand-alone monitor. “We are exploring the combination of our high performance oximeter solution with the Bluetooth technology to dramatically improve patient mobility and to simplify the monitoring of oxygen saturation for the health care provider. The Bluetooth technology is a perfect fit and extension to our extremely small and low power pulse oximetry technology”, says Gary Tschautscher, President and CEO for Nonin Medical Inc. (a leader in high performance solutions for patient monitoring).

“These products demonstrate the capabilities of Bluetooth in this market, as well as validate the concept of a Patient Area Network,” says Bill Saltzstein, President of Code Blue Communications, Inc. “The Serial Port Adapter technology has Bluetooth 1.1 and FCC approvals which pass-through to device manufacturers allowing them to focus their resources in other areas since no additional work is necessary to incorporate the industry-standard wireless technology into their products.”

The products demonstrated are not currently being offered for sale utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology and they have not yet been approved by the appropriate governmental agencies

Code Blue Communications Inc.
Code Blue Communications Inc. provides products, solutions, and training for Bluetooth wireless technology adoption in vertical markets, particularly the medical device industry.  The company is a member of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group as well as the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

Based in Seattle, Wash., Code Blue Communications distributes and supports connectBlue Serial Port Adapter products.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:                                                      
Bill Saltzstein
Code Blue Communications Inc.
Phone: 425 844 1799


Bluetooth is a trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc., USA and licensed to Code Blue Communications, Inc.   Serial Port Adapter is a trademark of connectBlue, AB and is used with permission.  Propaq is a registered trademark and FlexNet is a trademark of Welch Allyn, Inc. All other company names are used for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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