Hill-Rom has debuted enhanced workflow efficiency and security features for its Welch Allyn Connex vital signs monitoring portfolio.

The devices now integrate secure access technology from Imprivata, a healthcare IT security company, to enable stronger protection of patient data collected or stored on Connex devices used in EMR-connected workflows, while providing clinicians a faster, easier way to access or update patient data.

Hill-Rom released the enhanced system at the 2018 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference this month.

Medical devices commonly require a user to log in to gain entry. With this new technology integration, Connex vitals monitoring devices have the ability to read a clinician’s hospital security badge via barcode or RFID, offering one-step device access at the bedside.

This faster, more efficient log-in to the device helps clinicians move quickly to their primary focus–patient care–while also protecting data integrity into the EMR.

The technology enhancements to Welch Allyn’s vitals portfolio also include the ability to restrict device access to just those people who need it, which means less potential for data to be compromised, either by accident or by design.

“This integration illustrates our focus on protecting areas that are critical in healthcare today: patient privacy, data integrity and nurses’ time. Our collaboration with Imprivata helps us deliver a simpler user experience for clinicians, while delivering the security today’s healthcare organizations demand,” said Alton Shader, president of Hill-Rom’s Front Line Care business. “We are excited to further improve connected workflows for our customers with the Connex vitals monitoring portfolio.”