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.
Funding led by major healthcare technology company and healthcare system
SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) – Voalte, a leader in clinical communications technology at the point of care, announced the company completed $6 million in new Preferred B funding from strategic partners led by a healthcare information technology leader and a major healthcare system. Per terms of the agreement, names of the strategic partners were not disclosed.
The funding boosts Voalte’s core business areas and enables the company to expand operations. Voalte plans on expanding by creating an additional 100 jobs, growing from 50 to 150 employees over the next 18 months. The company also plans to increase work with development partners to enhance its clinical communications solution and introduce additions to its product line.
“This funding will allow us to continue to develop the next generation of clinical communications solutions,” said Voalte CEO Rob Campbell. “With the addition of these partners, we strengthen our ability to empower healthcare professionals to improve communications, ensure patient safety and raise satisfaction.”
The funding from strategic partners follows a $250,000 grant Voalte received in 2011 from the Sarasota Economic Development Council to create 50 new jobs over three years and expand facilities.
Launched in 2009, Voalte provides clinical communications solutions to healthcare institutions through its innovative smartphone solution that allows nurses and clinicians to communicate directly through voice, alarms, and text. Voalte deploys more smartphones in hospitals than any other company and is used in leading institutions such as Massachusetts General, Cedars-Sinai, Texas Children’s Hospital and Ann and Robert H. Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
“We began three years ago when institutions were hesitant to embrace the new technology,” said Campbell. “Our growth during that time demonstrates the increasing demand for mobile solutions in healthcare. To date, we have over 20,000 clinical users and over 5,000 iPhones successfully deployed in hospitals nationwide. Our goal is to continue that growth and continue to fill those needs and demands.”
Voalte is the only company to provide a fully integrated and dependable clinical communications system that health care professionals want, enjoy and effectively use. Voalte products are designed to be intuitive, high value, mission critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones. For more information, visit www.Voalte.com or call 941.312.2830.
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.