Nihon Kohden Introduces Next Generation NK-HiQ™ Enterprise Gateway Platform

Innovative Platform Consolidates Multiple Applications and Integrates
Patient Monitoring Data, Saving Hospitals Time, Space and Money

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nihon Kohden, a U.S. market leader in precision medical products and
services, today announced the launch of its NK-HiQ Enterprise Gateway,
the next-generation platform that integrates data from Nihon Kohden
patient monitoring devices and consolidates multiple applications into a
single powerful platform. As the backbone of the Nihon Kohden Patient
Monitoring System, the NK-HiQ Enterprise Gateway offers clinicians easy
access to patient information regardless of location, and saves time,
space and money.

Powered for enterprise-level health systems, the NK-HiQ Enterprise
Gateway grows with the needs of a hospital or integrated delivery
network. When fully deployed, the platform can support up to 2,000
devices and 300 remote viewing clients.

“As technology has advanced, hospitals and integrated delivery networks
have shouldered a greater and greater burden to build vast IT
infrastructure and dedicated rooms that don’t always deliver an improved
clinical experience,” said Harsh Dharwad, vice president and chief
technology officer for Nihon Kohden America. “We have developed a
platform that helps hospitals reduce its IT footprint while facilitating
a safe and seamless flow of patient information from admit to discharge.
Ultimately, this allows IT to help lead the transformation in healthcare
through data integration.”

NK-HiQ Enterprise Gateway is designed to support seven key gateway
extensions and applications, which allow clinicians to access complete
patient information anytime, anywhere, when fully deployed:

  • AWARE® alarm management and reporting software application
    assists clinical teams in identifying, managing and responding to
    critical alarms.
  • NK-HiQ CNS remote client provides secondary monitoring of up to
    16 patients who are centrally monitored on Life Scope Central Stations
  • NK-HiQ ECG server extension receives 12-lead ECG waveform data
    directly from bedside monitors and forwards the data to compatible
    third-party ECG management systems
  • NK-HiQ HL7 server extension enables the efficient transfer of
    essential patient information, including ADT and patient monitoring
    data, to almost any HL7-compliant electronic medical records system
  • NK-HiQ Pager server extension forwards alarm and arrhythmia
    notifications to third-party communication devices
  • NK-HiQ Wireless server extension enables Nihon Kohden WLAN
    patient monitors to leverage a hospital’s WiFi infrastructure
    investment or operate on a stand-alone Nihon Kohden wireless network
  • ViTrac® remote viewing for iOS devices provides a secure method
    of remote viewing for a range of Nihon Kohden-generated patient data

By implementing NK-HiQ Enterprise Gateway, hospitals are able to reduce
the footprint of the server by up to 90 percent, reduce the amount of
time spent managing servers and decrease overall power consumption.

“Data is essential to make effective clinical decisions on behalf of
patients,” said John Korney, vice president of marketing for Nihon
Kohden America. “At Nihon Kohden, we are breaking down barriers to this
data, providing hospitals and health systems a path to true clinical
integration. Using the NK-HiQ Gateway Enterprise, clinicians have access
to the right information at the right place and in the right time.”

About Nihon Kohden Corporation

Founded in Japan in 1951, Nihon Kohden is a leading manufacturer,
developer and distributor of medical electronic equipment, with
subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The company’s products are
now used in more than 120 countries, and it is the largest supplier of
electroencephalography products worldwide. A pioneer in transformational
healthcare technology, Nihon Kohden has envisioned, designed and
produced revolutionary devices, such as pulse oximeters, arrhythmia
analysis, low-invasive blood volume monitoring and wireless patient
monitoring. In the U.S., the company is a trusted source for patient
monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation
solutions, and has been rated No. 1 in patient monitoring or telemetry
for more than 10 consecutive years (MD Buyline). For more information,

MD Buyline is a registered service mark of MD Buyline.


Julie Johnson
Senior Director, Communications and Public Relations
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