News | March 25, 2013

St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute Partners With Welch Allyn To Upgrade Technology And Increase Staff Efficiency

Facility uses Welch Allyn connected solutions to help it become a Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that focuses on helping clinicians to improve patient outcomes, recently partnered with St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute to improve efficiency and workflow at its 102-bed rehabilitation hospital in Spokane, Washington. As a part of its journey to become a Stroke Rehabilitation Center of Excellence, St. Luke’s replaced existing equipment with Welch Allyn Connex Vital Signs Monitors (VSM) and integrated Connex Vitals Management (VM) Software into its existing electronic health record (EHR) system.

Now featured on every patient floor at the facility, Welch Allyn Connex VSMs allow nurses to save valuable time by wirelessly sending patient vitals directly to MEDITECH, St. Luke’s EHR. Welch Allyn Connex VM Software automates the documentation process, eliminating manual steps and errors, to help improve nurse efficiency. The Welch Allyn monitors also help improve efficiency with two-way confirmation that the vitals were sent and received. This end-to-end system, designed specifically for lower-acuity floors like the med/surg environment, frees nurses up to spend more time with their patients.

With its full-color touch display, the Welch Allyn Connex VSM provides fast and comprehensive patient vital signs measurement, including spot check or continuous monitoring of heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry, as well as the ability to take a temperature using thermistor or tympanic technologies. It allows health care professionals the ultimate in flexibility with the ability to fully customize alarms, select automatic or programmable blood pressure intervals, and customize the look of the home screen based on workflow needs. The device also comes connectivity-ready, allowing integration and communication with many popular EHR software systems.

Designed specifically for low-acuity floors, Welch Allyn Connex VM Software automates the vitals documentation process to eliminate manual steps and the errors that go with them. With Connex VM integrated into an EHR, users can document accurate patient data right from the bedside—giving clinicians instant access to patient data anytime, anywhere and allowing them to identify abnormal vital signs more quickly and make better informed decisions.

About Welch Allyn
Welch Allyn is a leading global healthcare company that offers a complete range of digital and connected diagnostic solutions that help reduce risk and enhance workflow in a variety of clinical settings. Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Skaneateles Falls, NY (USA), Welch Allyn is a family-owned business that employs nearly 2,500 employees in 26 different countries. The company specializes in helping doctors, nurses and other frontline practitioners across the globe enhance care by developing innovative products, breakthrough technologies and cutting-edge solutions that improve patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. For more information, visit

About St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute
St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute is the region’s largest free-standing physical medicine and rehabilitation hospital and the only Level I traumarehabilitation hospital in the Inland Northwest. St. Luke’s serves more than 7,000 patients each year in inpatient and outpatient settings - people who have suffered a stroke, lost a limb, suffered a brain injury, spinal cord injury or one of many other illnesses or injuries. Accredited by the Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, St. Luke’s is a division of Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS). For more information, visit

Source: Welch Allyn