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.
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.
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.
Voalté, a leading clinical smartphone communications technology company, released the newest version of Voalté One, its innovative software system. Voalté One 2.0 includes features designed to maintain Voalté’s commitment to increasing clinical productivity at the point of care. One of Voalté’s leading hospital clients has reported a $1 million savings annually in nurse time since implementing the system.
- Brand new user interface streamlines navigation and communication.
- Simplified directory enables users to navigate between their own unit, other units, buildings, and favorites with a single tap.
- Enhanced search makes it easy for users to quickly locate others by last name, first name, or title.
- “Quick Response” feature allows users to reply to questions with a single tap on “Yes”, “No” or “OK.”
- Read receipts notify the sender when a recipient has read a message.
- In-line presence updates within the text conversation keep users informed of another party’s availability.
Voalté’s Chips for Charity event during the HIMSS 2012 Conference in Las Vegas raised over $5,000 for hospital charities. Voalté invited four hospital executives from Sparrow Health System in Mason, Mich., St. James Mercy Health System in Hornell, N.Y. and Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. to participate in a “Craps” game for their local hospital foundation. Voalté donated each player’s winnings plus $1,000.
- Patrick Hale, Chief Technology Officer, Sparrow Foundation, Mason, Mich.
- Karthik Ramachandran, Director of Technical Services and Enterprise Architecture, Sparrow Foundation, Mason, Mich.
- Bonnie Welch, Chief Information Officer, St. James Mercy Foundation, Hornell, N.Y.
- Scott Poest, Chief Information Officer, Lake Regional Health System Foundation, Osage Beach, Mo.
Samsung Mobile and Samsung Electronics of America have selected Voalté, a leader in clinical communications solutions at the point of care, to provide clinical communication systems for use on Samsung’s line of smartphones. This announcement broadens Samsung’s offerings in the healthcare field and features the first availability of Voalté One, Voalté’s clinical communications solution, on the popular Android platform.
Samsung and Voalté are exhibiting at the HIMSS 12 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas at booth 223.
During the HMISS conference in Las Vegas Feb. 20-24, Voalté, a leader in innovative mobile clinical communications technology, will be holding a gaming event to raise money for hospital charities. Voalté is inviting hospital executives attending the conference to register for a chance to participate. Five individuals who register will be given $500 to participate in a Craps game with the chance to earn up to $1,000 for the hospital charity of their choice.
Nurses and clinicians at The Nebraska Medical Center, the state’s largest health care facility, will soon be using iPhones to improve their communication and increase efficiency, thanks to Voalté’s first-of-its-kind integrated communication solution. The Nebraska Medical Center is the first academic-based medical center in the country to implement the Voalté solution.
The Voalté solution will enable nurses and clinicians at the teaching hospital to send and receive presence-based text messages and make high-definition voice calls across the hospital VoIP system on one device, providing faster response to patients. The hospital-wide installation will integrate hundreds of iPhones to the hospital’s PBX and WiFi system thus leveraging existing infrastructure for optimal communication.