Nihon Kohden Awarded Innovative Technology Contract by Novation for Prefense™ Early Detection and Notification System™

  Nihon Kohden Awarded Innovative Technology Contract by Novation for
  Prefense™ Early Detection and Notification System™

Business Wire

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. -- January 15, 2013

Nihon Kohden America has been awarded an Innovative Technology contract from
Novation for Prefense™ - Early Detection and Notification System. This three
year contract is effect until September 2015. The contract provides a unique
continuous vital signs monitoring solution to the members served by Novation,
allowing them to improve healthcare quality and patient safety while reducing

Prefense, used as part of a Defensive Monitoring strategy, yields an
improvement in quality of care while protecting a hospital’s bottom line. The
Prefense Early Detection & Notification System closes the gap between the time
when the patient’s condition starts to deteriorate and a clinician is alerted
-- enabling quicker interventions at the point of care.

“In the past, monitoring patients’ vital signs continuously has been too
expensive to implement in all areas of the hospital,” said Mike Dashefsky,
Vice President of Monitoring at Nihon Kohden America. “The cost effectiveness
of Prefense allows monitoring to be performed anywhere in the hospital with
better patient outcomes, improved economics and fewer unplanned ICU /
telemetry transfers.”

“We are pleased to award Prefense’s Early Detection and Notification System
through our innovative technology evaluation process,” says Debbie Archer,
Director, Procurement and Innovative Technology, Novation. “Novation’s
Innovative Technology Program allows us to work with member councils and task
forces to identify and review new or innovative technology like this that
provides an incremental clinical benefit over existing products.”

About Novation

Founded in 1998, Novation is the leading health care supply chain expertise
and contracting company for the more than 65,000 members of VHA Inc. and UHC,
two national health care alliances, Children’s Hospital Association, an
alliance of the nation’s leading pediatric facilities, and Provista, LLC.
Novation provides alliance members with sourcing services, as well as
information and data services. Based in Irving, Texas, Novation develops and
manages competitive contracts with more than 600 suppliers. VHA, UHC, and
Provista members used Novation contracts to purchase more than $40 billion in
2011. Novation recently earned the coveted Ethics Inside® Certification from
Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think tank dedicated to the
research and promotion of best practices in corporate ethics and compliance.

Novation was also named on Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list,
and is the only company in the health care industry to earn both distinctions.
To learn more about Novation, please visit and follow

About Nihon Kohden America, Patient Monitoring Division

The monitoring division of Nihon Kohden America is empowering hospitals to
radically improve their quality and economics of care. Its singular focus is
on patient monitoring. Through collaboration with hospitals, Nihon Kohden
America helps solve today’s healthcare challenges. This different mindset and
business approach enables the company to deliver solutions that have an
immediate clinical and financial impact. Find more information at


Nihon Kohden America
Sue Giansiracusa, 800-325-0283
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