SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MD+DI ( Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry), UBM Canon's leading brand providing the medical device industry with the latest news, information , and in-depth analysis, announced the winners of the 2012 Manufacturers of the Year awards in its November print issue published this week. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121115/LA12772) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101214/LA16070LOGO) UBM Canon has selected three companies that are creating products to drive effortless patient data collection, help empower patients and healthcare workers, and do so immediately and wirelessly. These winning companies will change the game when it comes to reducing costs(link) and improving hospital and home care. "We are very proud to honor these three companies for making a difference in the MedTech industry," stated Heather Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, MD+DI. "We are declaring 2012 the year that wireless broke into healthcare. We feel that these three winners stand out as companies the industry will still be talking about in five years." 2012 Manufacturers of the YearCheck out the winning Manufacturers of the Year on MD+DIAirStrip Technologiesis a software development company located in San Antonio, Texas. The company develops mobile applications that enable medical practitioners to view patient data in near-real time and displayed on a smart phone or tablet. This frees doctors from being tied down to a local network, as the data is transmitted over the Internet (either via the cellular network or Wi-Fi). Their first product was AirStrip OB, which provides obstetricians and nurse midwives with the ability to view fetal-monitoring waveforms, such as contractions and fetal heart rate. Later, the company introduced AirStrip CARDIOLOGY for cardiac units and AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING for critical care. Sotera Wireless has developed the first continuous non-invasive blood pressure monitoring device, which also captures all vital signs. Its product, the VisiMobile System has received 510(k) clearance from FDA and the company is commencing sales to hospitals nationwide. The ViSi Mobile System, as approved, uses WiFi (802.11) wireless technology for transmission of patients' vital signs, keeping hospital clinicians connected to their patients, whether patients are in bed or up and moving around. Proteus Digital Health has created an integrating wearable and ingestible sensor technology to detect patient's medication intake and physiologic data. Its digital health feedback system stores information in a secure database accessible from a variety of devices. The company received 510(k) clearance for its patient-powered system in July. MD+DI has also released the list of the top 10 Manufacturer of the Year finalists this year. Check out these other noteworthy MedTech companies here. About UBM Canon UBM Canon, the leading B2B media company dedicated exclusively to the global $3.0 trillion advanced manufacturing sector, helps support the flow of information, commerce and innovation in such sophisticated segments as medical devices and pharmaceutical development. UBM Canon also addresses cutting-edge developments in broader areas of advanced engineering design and manufacturing, and manufacturing processes and packaging. UBM Canon is part of UBM plc (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets.