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Voalte Releases Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness

Leading clinical communications company provides three steps to improving point of care efficiency
SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2013) – Voalte, the leader in clinical communications technology, released its latest whitepaper entitled, “Crawl, Walk, Run: Three Steps to Improving Clinical Efficiency and Effectiveness.”
According to the report, inefficient communications costs hospitals across the U.S. approximately $12 billion annually. The root of this problem is hospitals utilizing outdated communications models. These outdated models provide nurses with a communications “tool belt” with too many devices to juggle and weaken communications. Voalte recommends that healthcare providers struggling with inefficient communications address the issue in three steps:
Step 1: Invest in One Integrated Communication Tool
Voalte recommends investing in one integrated communications tool, such as a smartphone. Using smartphones allow voice, alarm and text messaging to be integrated in one device allowing nurses to respond from any location in the hospital without having to juggle multiple devices. Smartphones, through applications such as Epocrates, also allow nurses to look up critical information immediately, improving workflow and enabling caregivers to better respond to patient needs.
Step 2: Assess Your Workflow
Hospitals should conduct a clinical workflow assessment prior to implementing a new communications solution. A clinical workflow expert should evaluate current workflow and process improvement methodology. A thorough assessment that includes engaging with clinical staff helps hospitals understand the day-to-day issues and prepare it to implement a new solution.
Step 3: Evaluate and Improve
Voalte recommends implementing any new solution in stages beginning with smaller units. This allows hospitals to evaluate and improve the implementation process and eases the transition when the solution is implemented more broadly.
“It can be tempting to integrate multiple systems at the start of a project,” stated Voalte’s Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale. “But it is our recommendation to start with a specific group of nursing units and one or two ancillary departments, and then expand as workflows are understood.”
The report concludes that smartphone implementation requires time, coordination and dedication, but the benefits can have a major impact in improving hospital workflow.
February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Wavelink Expands Mobile Device Management Offering for Healthcare

Wavelink Avalanche to manage tablets, smartphones, handheld devices and mobile printers through a central console; help organizations maintain HIPAA compliance

SALT LAKE CITY Feb. 16, 2011 — Wavelink Corporation (www.wavelink.com) today announced it is expanding its device management offering for healthcare applications and will be demonstrating its solutions next week at HIMSS 2011. Wavelink Avalanche enables healthcare organizations to secure and manage all the mobile devices on their network to allow caregivers better, faster access to data while helping maintain HIPAA compliance.

Mobile devices are becoming increasingly prolific among physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other caregivers. Whether it is a tablet computer, smartphone, a laptop cart or a data collection device, these mobile computers are leading to better communication and more extensive patient-caregiver interaction. These mobile devices place a greater burden on IT departments to track them, keep them updated and maintain data security and compliance.

With Wavelink Avalanche, network administrators can inventory, deploy, update and troubleshoot all components of their wireless infrastructure, such as mobile devices, mobile printers, access points and switches. Healthcare organizations can automate device updates and receive alerts that cover device failures, equipment updates and unwanted intrusions.  Data being transferred to or from devices can be encrypted and devices that are lost or stolen can easily be locked or wiped clean. Avalanche helps ensure data remains secure for patient confidentiality and compliance with HIPAA regulations.

“The industry is seeing great advancements in patient care through these mobile devices that allow patient and provider to confer over a given diagnosis, review a treatment or surgical procedure and view supporting documentation, videos and images,” said Jay Cichosz, vice president of marketing. “With Wavelink Avalanche, healthcare organizations can enjoy the benefits of using mobile devices without increasing their IT management costs or compromising data security and patient confidentiality.”

Wavelink Avalanche comes pre-loaded on most leading data collection devices as well as on Cisco 7900 Series phones. Customers simply need to purchase a license for their new devices to immediately be managed and secured. Wavelink also provides other solutions such as Terminal Emulation for mobile connectivity to host systems and Wavelink ConnectPro, which guarantees data will continue to transfer regardless of whether connectivity goes down.

Wavelink will be demonstrating at HIMSS 2011 in Orlando, Feb. 20 to 24, in booth #6183. For more information about Wavelink Avalanche mobile device management and other Wavelink solutions, please visit http://www.wavelink.com/avalanche and http://www.wavelink.com/enterprise-mobility-solutions respectively.

About Wavelink

With more than 6 million active client licenses in the field, Wavelink is the leading provider of multi-vendor mobile device management, wireless infrastructure management, terminal emulation, voice enabling, and mobile application development software. Wavelink technology solves the unique challenges involved in deploying, managing and controlling today’s enterprise mobility systems and facilitates peak performance from frontline staff. More than 15,000 companies in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, government, public safety and logistics industries rely on Wavelink to accelerate application delivery, reduce device management and support costs, and tighten network security. Inside the four walls, or in the field, Wavelink leads mobility.

February 22, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.