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  1. Accessing medical devices remotely
  2. How to share medical equipment over the network
  3. Serial over network solutions: hardware tools
  4. What is remote access technology?

Accessing medical devices remotely

The serial port is one of the most common ways to transfer data from legacy medical equipment to information systems deployed in modern healthcare centers. It’s not rare that COM-enabled medical devices are located separately from the control systems. Сonnections between them are usually established via long cables leading off the devices to non-portable monitors and user interfaces.

At the same time, more and more points of care today implement advanced technologies of remote access to medical equipment. With dedicated serial to network software, such devices as blood analyzers, anesthesia machines, X-ray machines, and many others can be connected to Ethernet and accessed from any remote location, be it a nurse’s station, a laboratory, a doctor’s office, etc.

Accessing medical devices remotely

The ability to collect patient vitals from multiple medical devices for sending them over the network to a doctor’s computer offers many benefits. In this article, we’ll tell how to increase productivity and improve patient care with the help of reliable COM over network software and hardware tools.

How to share medical equipment
over the network

COM over network software provides a simple way to create and maintain a secure connection between a remote medical device, for example, a patient monitor, and an information system. With a dedicated application like Serial to Ethernet Connector (SEC), data is transferred via an encrypted channel and there’s no need to enter it manually. This means there is no room for
human error.

Also, wireless communications ensure quicker and more frequent data updates, which allows making diagnosis faster and improves workflow efficiency.

Serial to Ethernet Connector works perfectly well over both wired and wireless networks. It lets you share COM ports over Ethernet and the Internet and enables uninterrupted monitoring of medical devices connected to patients.

The dedicated software is designed to create virtual copies of serial ports residing on a selected medical device. These virtual COM ports allow connecting certain medical equipment to any software platform across a hospital network.

Serial to Ethernet Connector by Eltima is a powerful software solution that helps access serial ports over the network. With this friendly utility, healthcare professionals can manage patient records, images, and files remotely while working in different labs. The software is simple to install and use and is fully compatible with Windows and Linux platforms.
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How to share COM over Network

To connect specialized healthcare devices to the Internet, first, it’s required to integrate the remote access functionality of SEC in hardware and software components of a hospital system. Eltima specialists can help do this fast and efficiently.

Then, you’ll need to enable data transmission to and from Internet-capable devices such as computers or MRI compatible monitors.

This is how you do this:

  1. Start Serial to Ethernet Connector on the computer to which the required medical device is attached directly. Select “Server connection” in the main menu and set up the connection parameters. Click “Create server connection”. This will share the COM port with plugged in device over the network.
  2. Launch the app on a remote machine. Open the “Client connection” tab and make the required configurations. Specify the COM port that has been shared on the “server” computer and click “Create client connection”.

That’s it! Now, all data from a remote medical device will appear on the client computer as though the device were physically attached to that PC. What’s especially convenient is that you need no additional wires, cables or hardware to connect to the required remote equipment.

Serial over network solutions:
hardware tools

Now that we know how healthcare centers can benefit from remote access software, let’s consider some alternative solutions that allow caregivers to share serial ports over network.

Digi: hardware components for medical devices

The connectivity solutions by Digi are designed to add wireless capabilities to medical devices of virtually any type. They can be used as components in a wide range of medical equipment including fixed infusion pumps, defibrillators, etc. Digi ARM-based systems are easy to deploy and manage.

With the integration of Digi’s on-module and wireless systems, you can build a network of sophisticated medical devices and monitor any of them, no matter whether they are located in a hospital setting or in a patient’s home.

The IOLAN Device Server

When it comes to sharing COM-based medical equipment over an IP healthcare network, the IOLAN Device Server by Perle is just what you need. This hardware device makes it possible to share access to EIA-232, EIA-422 and EIA-485-enabled bedside patient monitors, MRI, neonatal care devices and more.

Accessing medical devices remotely

The solution allows getting real-time electronic patient information securely. This device server offers strong authentication, firewalling and data encryption capabilities.

Anybus by HMS Networks

When there is a need to connect a non-networked medical device to the Internet, it will be a good idea to try Anybus by HMS Networks. Given that the safety and reliability of network connections are of key importance in the medical sector, Anybus products will definitely be a good choice.

Accessing medical devices remotely

Anybus X-gateways are designed to connect medical devices that use different communication standards. The solution can work as a translator in more than 250 network combinations. Common API enables easy interchanging between protocols.

If you are looking for an easy way to share serial port over an IP network, just install Serial to Ethernet Connector on the server and client sides of your healthcare device network. Easily access and manage any remote RS232 devices over the network as if they were your local devices.
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What is remote access technology?

Accessing medical devices remotely

Remote access technology provides points of care with ample opportunities to collect data from medical devices regardless of their physical location. What’s more, it helps patients avoid problems and save costs associated with visiting the hospital in person. For example, after the discharge of a patient with chronic heart disease, doctors will be able to remotely monitor his condition with the help of various medical devices, change the regimen of medication or make additional diagnoses based on long-term observations using monitors.

Communications over wireless channels in medical device networks eliminate the need to deploy tons of bulky adapters and cables. Serial to Ethernet technology allows redirecting any data from COM-based medical equipment to any remote analyzing or measuring device.


All of the above-mentioned solutions can make medical equipment available for access from a remote computer. Serial to LAN software, however, seems to be the simplest option for forwarding serial traffic over Ethernet. This dedicated application is playing an important role in building reliable medical device networks. It provides the ability to create virtual interfaces fully emulating hardware COM ports. Best of all, it uses advanced traffic encryption that protects patient’s critical data from unauthorized access and interception.

Serial to Ethernet Connector

Requirements: Windows 2000, Windows (32-bit and 64-bit): XP/2003/2008/ Vista/7/8/10, Windows Server 2012/2016 , 4.66MB size
Version 7.1.876 (27th Jan, 2017) Release notes
Category: Communication Application