Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) said today that it adopted the Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system for its automated drug-dispensing Pyxis ES system. The new operating system features long-term support and improved cybersecurity.
The Windows 10 Internet of Things operating system boasts a 10-year support package and active security patches. It also offers new features and upgrades for the system every 2 to 3 years. Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD also said it is involved in early testing of the Windows Server 2016 and the SQL Server 2016 pre-releases with its Pyxis medication management technology.
“This specific OS design was requested and championed by BD in collaboration with Microsoft and other health care vendors to reduce disruption to our customers that occurs with embedded OS upgrades every 4 to 5 years,” BD president of medication management solutions Ranjeet Banerjee said in prepared remarks. “With fewer upgrade disruptions and more regular technology advancements, health care providers will enjoy greater focus on their chief objective of improving patient health, while BD drives innovation to enable safer, simpler and more effective medication management – from medication reconciliation at the pharmacy to medication administration at the bedside – across the continuum of care. This is the 1st of many innovations we plan to deliver through our deep collaboration with Microsoft across our feature-rich platforms.”
“Microsoft is committed to advancing the Internet-of-Things by collaborating with industry leaders like BD to help them provide the most comprehensive medication management technology for the global health care market,” Microsoft Corp., Windows senior director of product marketing Doug Smith added. “Adding Windows 10 IoT to the Pyxis ES System ensures a longer life-cycle for medication management connected devices and provides greater stability, fewer upgrades and customer disruptions while still keeping devices updated with state-of-art security and the newest technology features. This is a great example of how our longstanding collaboration with BD has allowed us deep insights into the needs of health organizations and how best to support enterprise-wide connected solutions with Microsoft technologies.”