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Wolters Kluwer and Vocera Arm Halifax Health with Rapid Sepsis Identification Solutions for Improved Patient Outcomes and Safety

Integrated Solutions Warn Clinicians of Patients at Risk of Sepsis in Just Seconds

September 26, 2017 – Wolters Kluwer Health and Vocera® Communications, Inc. (VCRA) have teamed to arm Halifax Health with a high-powered surveillance solution to advance its battle against sepsis. Linking the real-time clinical surveillance and analytics of the POC Advisor™ platform with Vocera’s hands-free communications technology and mobile app accelerates the diagnosis of sepsis and the timely delivery of patient-specific advice to nurses and other clinical staff at the point of care.

“Time is the enemy when it comes to sepsis, with the likelihood of death increasing by 8 percent for each hour that passes without treatment,” said Ginny Kwong, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer for Halifax Health. “Complicating early diagnosis is the need to aggregate data scattered across multiple clinical systems before it can be analyzed, and the results communicated to the point of care in a meaningful way.

“POC Advisor and Vocera integrate seamlessly into workflows to overcome these obstacles,” she continued, “quickly alerting our clinicians to a potential sepsis case so they can make the proper diagnosis and begin appropriate life-saving treatment to patients at the earliest, most treatable stages.”

Halifax Health is a two-hospital, 678-bed health system that is the largest medical provider in East Central Florida. A safety net hospital, Halifax is also one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, with more than 115,000 visits annually. Its goal in deploying a sepsis solution was to build upon the success of an internal campaign that resulted in a 33 percent improvement in mortality rates. They chose to implement POC Advisor because of its scientifically proven results, published patient outcomes and industry-leading precision and timeliness. Another key factor was interoperability with Halifax Health’s existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Vocera technology, making it easy for staff to use.

“At an average of nearly $19,000 per primary diagnosis, more than half of which is typically not reimbursed by Medicare, the financial cost of sepsis is staggering,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General Manager of Specialized Surveillance at Wolters Kluwer Health. “At Halifax, POC Advisor analyzes more than 300 data points within a patient’s medical record to identify early signs of sepsis, warn caregivers of escalating risks and push evidence-based guidance to the point of care via the Vocera Badges and mobile apps that clinicians already use in their workflow. This results in faster diagnoses and treatment, which leads to reduced severity, decreased mortality and lower costs.”

POC Advisor is a clinical intelligence platform from Wolters Kluwer that aggregates, normalizes and analyzes patient data from disparate clinical systems to drive early detection with predictive accuracy. Real-time analytics leverage hundreds of rules built into the platform to account for possible comorbidities and medication abnormalities, enabling prescriptive alerts with unprecedented levels of sensitivity and specificity to warn clinicians of patient risks without alert fatigue. These findings, published in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, also revealed that POC Advisor cut sepsis mortality in half and reduced 30-day readmissions by 30 percent, while reducing length of stay.

The Vocera Badge is a hands-free, voice-controlled communication device that enables instant two-way and one-to-many conversations. It combines secure text messaging and alerting and enables voice calls with intelligent routing by name, role, group and availability.

“Many applications, technologies and devices have been implemented within hospitals and health systems, but they are used in silos. Too often, key connection points between these systems are missed. The integration between Vocera, POC Advisor and the EHR is helping Halifax Health extract key knowledge from each system, leverage platform functionality and share valuable information with the right clinicians at the right time with intelligent alerting,” said Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Vocera. “It is a comprehensive and potentially life-saving assessment, detection and communication workflow that unfolds in less than one minute.”

For more information on POC Advisor, visit www.pocadvisor.com and follow @POC_Advisor on Twitter.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,400 hospitals and health systems around the world have selected our solutions for care teams to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 120 clinical systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. Learn more at www.vocera.com, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

About Wolters Kluwer

Wolters Kluwer N.V. (AEX: WKL) is a global leader in information services and solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with specialized technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2016 annual revenues of €4.3 billion. The company, headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries and employs 19,000 people worldwide.

Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading global provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry. For more information about our products and the organization, visit http://www.wolterskluwer.com/, follow @WKHealth or @Wolters_Kluwer on Twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on LinkedIn, or follow WoltersKluwerComms on YouTube.

For more information about Wolters Kluwer’s solutions and organization, visit www.wolterskluwer.com, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

September 27, 2017 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.

Vocera Acquires Extension Healthcare

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that it has acquired Extension Healthcare for approximately $55 million in an all-cash transaction. Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Extension Healthcare is a leading provider of clinical, event-driven communication and workflow collaboration software for the hospital environment.

The strengths of the two companies and their solutions will deepen interoperability of the Vocera Communication Platform with more than 120 clinical systems, including electronic health records (EHRs), physiologic monitors, enterprise clinical systems, and biomed devices such as ventilators.  It will also extend the scalability of the enterprise-class platform and enable stronger person-to-person and system-to-person workflows within a single system from a single vendor.  The addition of Extension Healthcare’s complementary software to the Vocera Communication Platform creates the most powerful and complete mobile communication and collaboration platform on the market.

“This acquisition extends the power of Vocera’s software platform for hospitals and health systems seeking one partner for all of their care team collaboration, workflow and communication needs,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “In addition to offering a powerful combination of technology, Vocera and Extension Healthcare share a mission to improve care delivery, efficiency and safety, while also improving the lives of patients, families and care teams around the world.”

Todd Plesko, co-founder and CEO of Extension Healthcare said, “It’s inspiring to be part of healthcare’s next generation of technology that simplifies and improves care team collaboration. With our visions aligned and software platforms combined, this new endeavor will make a positive and lasting impact on healthcare delivery.”

Founded in 2009, Extension Healthcare is known in the market for its clinical integration software solution Engage, which features an advanced clinical rules engine that unifies data from multiple sources simultaneously, enables prioritization of notifications, adds patient context, and sends messages to the right care team members on their mobile devices. The Engage platform allows clinicians to be away from the bedside while staying informed about their patients. As a result of faster care team response times and reduced noise, patients report higher satisfaction. Similarly, using information from location tracking systems, Engage helps reduce interruption fatigue and unnecessary alarms by detecting the presence of a nurse at the patient’s bedside.

Selected by more than 230 healthcare customers, the Engage software platform has enabled multi-disciplinary care teams to improve response times, minimize interruption fatigue, and reduce patient falls, among other benefits. The intuitive technology offers widespread interoperability and will expand Vocera’s product portfolio, differentiate its competitive position, increase its customer base, and expand the company’s market reach.

Vocera and Extension Healthcare have collaborated many times and share more than 40 hospital customers across the United States, including several medical centers within the Veterans Health Administration. The acquisition will enable Vocera to expand customer relationships and grow software revenue faster by providing highly relevant cross-selling opportunities. In addition, the complete solution will better position Vocera to win more large system-wide deals, according to Lang.

Berkery Noyes served as the exclusive financial advisor to Extension Healthcare on the transaction.

About Vocera
Vocera Communications, Inc. offers the most robust clinical communications system in healthcare. Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems and physiological monitors.  These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

The Vocera logo is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. Vocera® is a trademark of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

About Extension Healthcare
Extension Healthcare’s Engage™ “one platform” approach improves clinical communication, collaboration, care coordination, and workflow with a specific focus on reducing unnecessary clinical interruptions and improving response to critical patient events. With what is traditionally accomplished using several vendors and platforms, Extension combines comprehensive alarm management with secure communications on a single platform. The Extension platform intelligently notifies clinicians about real-time patient events through context-driven notifications to smartphones and other common mobile communication devices. Designed for enabling situational awareness and timely information sharing across care teams inside and outside the hospital, Engage aggregates alarm, patient, and care team data from a variety of systems including physiologic monitors, nurse call and lab systems, electronic health records (EHRs), and location sensing technologies and sends relevant information to enhance the usefulness of alarm and alert notifications. Leveraging the common platform that is purpose built for extensive integration and data aggregation, the Engage Mobile secure texting solution helps to expedite care coordination in response to events. With proven integrations and interoperability selected by more than 230 customers, Extension Healthcare has become a leading solution for improving care quality and patient and caregiver experiences.

October 27, 2016 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.

El Camino Hospital Boosts Patient Satisfaction, HCAHPS Percentile Rank

SAN JOSE, Calif., – August 13, 2015 – Vocera (NYSE:VCRA), the leading mobile healthcare communications company, announced today that El Camino Hospital has successfully implemented the Vocera Care Rounds solution, a technology designed to measure and manage patient experience in real time during the nurse rounding process, resulting in improved patient satisfaction scores.

El Camino Hospital, a long-time customer who has been using Vocera’s wireless hands-free voice and data communication solutions at its facilities in Mountain View and Los Gatos, California, turned to Vocera again for their customizable mobile application that simplifies and manages care rounding.

Within one year of implementation, El Camino Hospital was able to increase the percentage of patients experiencing nurse leader rounding during their hospital stay from 15 percent to over 50 percent. As a result, HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) scores increased for nurse communication and staff responsiveness by approximately 25 percentage points.

“Vocera Care Rounds has been a very powerful tool, helping us hold our staff accountable for consistently rounding,” said RJ Salus, director of patient experience at El Camino Hospital. “We’ve seen quantifiable improvements in every dimension of patient experience – expediting responses to patient requests and making prompt service recovery interventions, dramatically reducing patient complaints.”

Since its implementation, El Camino Hospital has used Vocera Care Rounds for nearly 14,000 nurse rounds on more than 9,500 patients across 20 departments, generating nearly 83,000 patient inputs and proactively identifying more than 700 improvement opportunities.

In addition, El Camino Hospital uses the solution to conduct rounds with hospital staff. In just over nine months, more than 900 staff rounds were completed across 80 service areas, generating nearly 14,000 data points. This staff rounding exercise resulted in discussions with staff about improvements in processes, communication and patient care. El Camino Hospital plans to use Vocera Care Rounds to optimize matches between patients and staff to enhance patient care, and has set a goal of reaching more than 75 percent of all patients by performing at least one rounding assessment per hospital stay.

By adopting the Vocera solution, El Camino Hospital joined numerous healthcare organizations that currently rely on Vocera Care Rounds to bring consistency and accountability to the rounding process and improve patient satisfaction. In the first half of 2015, Vocera Care Rounds was used to conduct nearly 61,500 rounds on more than 33,500 patients across the country, generating more than half a million data points and more than 1,800 opportunities for improvement.

“We are proud to see the positive impact our communication solutions continue to have for our Silicon Valley neighbor and partner. It’s impressive to see how El Camino Hospital effectively uses technology to accelerate improvements in patient experience, staff collaboration and care coordination,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera.

Join El Camino Hospital leaders for a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. CT to learn more about this mobile rounding strategy.

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, nonprofit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. Key medical specialties include cancer, heart and vascular, men’s health, mental health, neuroscience, orthopedic and spine, senior health, urology, and the first Women’s Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as three consecutive ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.  To learn more visit www.elcaminohospital.org.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. is a mobile healthcare communications company that provides enterprise-class solutions. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera helps care teams collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time, anywhere. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving quality, efficiency, safety and outcomes. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

August 13, 2015 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.

Vocera and Zebra Technologies to Provide Enterprise-Class Clinical Communication Solution

Vocera offers bundled solution to improve clinical workflow and simplify the customer experience

SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 14, 2015Mobile healthcare communications company, Vocera (NYSE:VCRA) and  Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in solutions and services that provide visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, today announced that the Vocera Collaboration Suite will be available on Zebra’s MC40-HC Android mobile computer. Vocera is committed to delivering market leading communication solutions on a range of devices to meet the needs of mobile healthcare workers.

“Our customers rely on Vocera to provide strategic advice on their communication strategies. With this in mind, we continuously evaluate devices based on functionality and reliability required for optimal performance with the Vocera Communication System,” said Brent Lang, CEO of Vocera. “We selected the Zebra MC40-HC based on rigorous customer testing to help us deliver a robust enterprise-class care team communication solution.”

Designed to withstand demanding healthcare environments, the rugged MC40-HC includes a barcode scanner for medication administration and mobile specimen collection. The MC40-HC is ideal for voice applications because of its enterprise-class Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities and ability to seamlessly integrate with the Vocera Communication System, electronic health records (EHRs), and other clinical system applications, making it an ideal Android solution for Vocera’s installed-base of nearly one million users.

“We are excited to work with Vocera on providing healthcare providers with a comprehensive solution that will improve workflows and drive greater productivity,” said Scott Thomas, Director of Healthcare Sales at Zebra Technologies. “The MC40-HC is ideal for Vocera’s Collaboration Suite because it is built to withstand the demands of a healthcare environment and designed to empower mobile care teams to deliver the best possible patient experience at the point of care.”

The MC40-HC will be offered as a bundled solution with the Vocera Collaboration Suite to provide a complete, turnkey solution. The Vocera Collaboration Suite is a HIPAA-compliant clinical communication solution that includes voice communication to individuals and groups, secure texting and instant access to critical clinical data, alerts, and alarms, all of which leverage the intelligence of the Vocera Communication Platform.

Customers interested in the Vocera Collaboration Suite on the MC40-HC for Android can visit www.vocera.com/product/mc40-hc  for more information.

About Zebra

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. For more information, visit www.zebra.com/possibilities.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. [NYSE: VCRA] is a mobile healthcare communications company that provides enterprise-class solutions. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera helps care teams collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time, anywhere. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving quality, efficiency, safety and outcomes. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

July 14, 2015 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.

Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine Improves Clinical Integrations and Reduces Costs

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mobile healthcare communications company, Vocera (NYSE:VCRA), today introduced the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine to streamline integrations between the Vocera Communication System and clinical systems such as nurse call and electronic health records (EHRs). By integrating Vocera with these and other solutions, hospitals can automatically send an alert to the nurse assigned to a particular patient based on the intelligent workflow defined in the system, improving patient safety and reducing the noise and annoyance of broadcast alarms.

Vocera’s Clinical Workflow Engine eliminates the need for third-party middleware. It streamlines clinical workflows for voice, messaging, patient monitoring alerts and alarms, nurse calls, EHRs, bed management and other clinical systems. As part of the Vocera Communications System, this solution also reduces costs and the number of vendors required to support clinical workflows, simplifying care team collaboration.

A recent Vocera study sent to nearly 500 high-level hospital employees, conducted by TechValidate, showed 84 percent of respondents find value in Vocera integrations with patient monitoring; 75 percent find value in Vocera’s ability to integrate with EHRs; and 87 percent indicated that Vocera integrations with nurse call systems were important.1 This workflow solution gives Vocera users the ability to deliver the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time.

Using the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine as the single source of information exchange improves accuracy and consistency within the communication data flow, and enables advanced workflow capabilities in reporting and analytics. For example, by integrating alert and alarm systems with the Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine, care teams can better understand alarm trends and identify potential workflow gaps with detailed analytics filtered by bed, unit, staff, alarm type, alarm density, distribution and response time. Between 72 and 99 percent of all clinical alarms do not require clinical intervention so this contextual data plays a crucial role in improving patient safety and care team efficiency while reducing the growing concerns of alarm fatigue.

“Real-time communication requires seamless integration between systems to ensure clinicians have the right information at the right time to optimize workflow, improve patient care and safety, and reduce costs,” said Gautam M. Shah, vice president of product management at Vocera. “The Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine allows the Vocera Communication System to operate as a single-source for clinical integrations, simplifying and improving the accuracy and efficiency of communication, data flow, reporting and analytics.”

For more about Vocera Clinical Workflow Engine, please visit http://www.vocera.com/resource/vocera-clinical-workflow-engine-solution-brief.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA) is a mobile healthcare communications company that provides enterprise-class solutions. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera helps care teams collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, at the right time, anywhere. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving quality, efficiency, safety and outcomes. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

1 Source: TechValidate. http://www.techvalidate.com/product-research/vocera-communication-system

June 16, 2015 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.

Vocera Expands Clinical Integrations With Electronic Health Records (Epic)

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading provider of intelligent, real-time communication and collaboration solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, announced today the introduction of enhanced functionality that enables interactive communications between Electronic Health Record systems (EHR) and the Vocera Communication System. Vocera is pleased to announce compatibility of this new Vocera functionality with Epic’s EHR software. This will be the first of several two-way clinical integrations with EHRs, and furthers Vocera’s commitment to increasing the level of connectivity between the company’s award-winning communication system and clinical systems.

“Real-time communication and collaboration requires robust, two-way integrations between EHRs, clinical systems, and our communication platform,” said Brent Lang, CEO of Vocera. “Our unique capabilities and on-going roadmap of integrations between EHRs and Vocera solutions accelerate our customers’ ability to deliver better care.”

As a result, Vocera worked with Epic to collaborate on a two-way integration for environmental services. This functionality makes it even easier for housekeepers to provide real-time updates for bed cleaning status and availability, therefore improving patient flow. This innovative technology enables housekeepers to use voice commands on their Vocera device to respond to messages from the EHR in order to update their work status, while also providing time-based data needed for ongoing staff efficiency and workflow performance.

For team members, this new functionality from Vocera will simplify the user’s experience and increase the likelihood of more timely updates to the bed management system while providing better visibility for management and helping improve the patient experience. Vocera aims to make these new solutions available for use with a variety of additional EHR providers and additional workflows as customer demand grows.

The company also added the ability to access the Vocera Collaboration Suite directly from the EHR desktop and mobile applications. This maintains communication capabilities with the care team and saves valuable time by reducing the need to manually switch between applications to contact other members of the care team.

To learn more, please visit us in Booth #2012 at the 2015 HIMSS Conference in Chicago from April 12-16, or go to www.vocera.com for more information.

About Vocera

Vocera Communications, Inc. [NYSE:VCRA] empowers teams through intelligent, real-time communication and collaboration in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile environments. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to communicate, Vocera offers enterprise-class technologies that enable collaboration for mobile teams on their device of choice. Vocera solutions are installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide, improving efficiency, quality, safety and outcomes while creating optimal working and healing environments. Via the company’s research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network, Vocera also drives thought leadership for the healthcare industry and new standards in care delivery to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

April 3, 2015 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.

Vocera Launches New Product Enhancements to Integrate More Deeply with EHRs

Vocera’s award-winning communication system now further engages patients and physicians

SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 28, 2014 – Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading provider of communication solutions for mission-critical mobile environments, today took another step in delivering on the company vision of empowering people through integrated, intelligent communication by unveiling new product enhancements that improve communication and collaboration across the entire continuum of care.

Vocera’s enterprise-grade communication and collaboration solution now includes deep integrations to Electronic Health Records (EHR) and other clinical systems, enabling acute care hospitals, sub-acute facilities, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers to remain in sync.

Mobile EHR apps, such as Epic® Haiku for physicians and Epic Rover for nurses, can now connect directly to the Vocera Collaboration Suite, creating a simplified communication experience. This integration enables care team members to easily communicate by launching Vocera’s unique voice communication and secure text messaging functionality from within the EHR smartphone application.

Vocera’s award-winning software platform can now synchronize care team assignment information between the EHR and Vocera application to enable accurate and effective communication. As a result, the patient’s extended care team is kept up to date, allowing physicians and nurses to reach the right member of the team across the continuum of care.

In addition, the company is launching two new products focused on improving the patient and physician experience.

  • Vocera Care Experience Pre-Arrival Communication enables organizations to provide patients with important information, including appointment reminders and educational content, prior to their arrival for scheduled procedures. Streamlining the pre-arrival process decreases no-shows and last minute cancellations, increasing throughput and improving patient engagement.
  • Vocera Cardiac Consult delivers 12-lead ECGs to physician’s smartphones and tablets over any available data network. It allows the physician to perform measurements and compare current to historic ECGs. This capability enables immediate diagnoses to improve patient outcomes, enhance cardiology coverage, reduce false Cath Lab activation costs, and improve door-to-door balloon times.

“No one is solving for these life-critical, care coordination issues the way Vocera is with our unique communication and collaboration solutions,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “We are mobilizing clinical data and empowering extended care teams to improve patient care before, during, and after hospital visits.”

To learn more about these exciting product enhancements, go to the following URLs for more information:

About Vocera                                                                                                                                                    
Vocera empowers integrated, intelligent communication in healthcare, hospitality, energy and other mission-critical mobile environments. Widely recognized for developing smarter ways to instantly communicate and collaborate, Vocera offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions that improve efficiency throughout organizations. The Vocera Communication System is installed in more than 1,200 organizations worldwide. The Vocera portfolio improves workflow, quality, safety and outcomes while elevating the customer and patient experience. In addition to providing innovative technology, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards to improve patient experience via its research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.

October 31, 2014 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.

EXTENSION, INC. Alerting Solutions Now Includes Vocera Integration

EXTENSION® announces its clinical alerts and notifications can be delivered to Vocera® devices

FORT WAYNE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EXTENSION announced that its clinical workflow software can send data-rich alerts and notifications to all Vocera devices including the Vocera smartphone and communication badge. EXTENSION aggregates data from clinical and IT systems and medical devices and delivers time-sensitive messages to a variety of endpoints including the Vocera badge, a wearable communication device highly-regarded among clinicians. The context-aware messages – such as nurse call alerts or abnormal lab results – allow healthcare professionals to make more informed decisions regarding treatment.

According to Todd Plesko, CEO of EXTENSION, INC., “Vocera is not only a recognized market-leading innovator in healthcare communications but we have also come to believe that the Vocera system becomes cultural within a nursing unit – nurses love using the Vocera communication solution. We are proud to offer an enhancement to the experience by providing clinical alerting, notification, and messaging between Vocera systems and many systems within a hospital. EXTENSION enhances the value and productivity of the Vocera system.”

EXTENSION recently launched an innovative solution, Device Messaging, which marries corporate phones with smartphones – and now Vocera endpoints – via secure, non-SMS text-based messaging. The result is a blended communication environment in which clinicians can instantly communicate with their preferred device. EXTENSION also provides advanced message response options to further streamline workflows.

About EXTENSION, INC.
EXTENSION, INC. provides revolutionary healthcare software solutions that facilitate instant communication between patients and clinicians within enterprise settings. The EXTENSION Solution Suite (ESS) enhances a broad array of communication devices used as clinical workflow tools by aggregating data from various HIS and IT systems, to include medical devices, and delivering context-aware, time-critical alerts and notifications to those devices. The EXTENSION software platform tightly integrates any HL7 or web services-based medical application or device with corporate telephony systems and other endpoints using standards-based protocols. The results of more efficient communication are increased patient and staff safety and satisfaction, improved quality of care, reduced cost and errors, and greater return on telephony and healthcare IT investments. For more information, visit:
www.OpenTheRedBox.com.

September 8, 2011 I Written By

Butler Health System Delivers Better Personalized Care With Location-Enabled Patient Flow and Communication Solution

Butler Memorial Hospital, the centerpiece of Butler Health System, improves operational workflow and patient care with an integrated solution from Intelligent InSites, Ekahau, and Vocera

Butler, PA – January 10, 2011 – Butler Health System (BHS) announced today that patients in their Butler Memorial Hospital are benefitting from faster and more personalized care as a result of implementing Real-Time Locating and Sensing (RTLS) technologies. BHS has partnered with Intelligent InSites to implement the InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform™ (InSites Platform), the Ekahau real-time location system (RTLS), and the Vocera communication system, as the core of its patient flow and communication solution.

The innovative InSites Platform collects location data of both patients and equipment, as they move throughout the hospital, utilizing Wi-Fi-based location tags powered by Ekahau, which leverage the HP ProCurve wireless network. The data is then processed through a sophisticated rules engine, which ultimately drives the notifications and alerts out to other applications and systems. The InSites Platform uses the real-time location information from Ekahau to automatically track and trigger patient care milestone updates allowing staff to be more efficient and the hospital to streamline their operations. In addition, the system allows Butler Memorial Hospital to realize significant hard dollar savings by providing reports on the optimal equipment levels which are then used in their purchasing and rental processes.

“The InSites Platform and applications coupled with Ekahau RTLS product and the Vocera communication system provides our staff, patients, and their families with seamless communication, improved patient flow, and reduction in non-value added time,” said Chuck Oleson, VP and Chief Information Officer at Butler Health System. “It definitely enables us to increase patient satisfaction by ensuring better communication, while also helping us use our resources more effectively.”

“We are very pleased with the results of implementing the InSites solution. The success of the project can be greatly attributed to the excellent planning process and benchmarking methodologies Intelligent InSites has to offer. As a result, we were able to gain total visibility into our operations,” emphasized Peter Schogel, Director of the Program Management Office at Butler Health System.

According to Antti Korhonen, President & CEO of Ekahau, “Butler Health System is a great example of how Wi-Fi RTLS can be leveraged to track patients and assets, manage critical workflow, and to monitor temperature sensitive environments over a single Wi-Fi network. This approach helps Butler Health System get a faster and greater return on investment from their wireless infrastructure.”

Butler Health System has also leveraged the InSites Platform integration capabilities to tie together several existing hospital’s information systems, including Vocera communication system, document management solution from Alpha Systems, MEDITECH electronic health record system, Picis OR scheduling system, Intego nurse call, and Microsoft BizTalk driving even more value from their current applications. Now nurse calls, physician orders, and alert messages can be routed directly to the appropriate staff.

“The integration of the Vocera system with the InSites solution provides Butler’s clinical staff an effective way to deliver time-sensitive information, such as new physician orders directly to the appropriate care provider,” commented Jeff Leichman, Eastern Regional Vice President of Vocera.

Patients’ families and friends also benefit from the deployment of the InSites enabled solution. They now are able to receive automated and customized message updates regarding progress of their loved ones, regardless if they are waiting in a family room or a hospital’s cafeteria. This alone has greatly reduced the number of phone calls to and from the OR for status updates.

Through the implementation of the InSites solution, BHS staff can also automatically monitor and log compliance of temperature monitored devices, such as refrigerators or warming blankets. This allows BHS to convert sixty hours of non-value added time to value added time each day, which translates into more time nurses can spend directly with patients instead of conducting manual and time consuming temperature checks.

With the system’s reporting capabilities, Butler Health System can automatically track the time the surgery patients spend during each phase of their operation. This information can be used to improve workflow processes, better manage staffing and equipment resources, as well as report performance against throughput metrics.

“Butler Health System has had a clear vision of the outcomes they desired and the technology and process changes required to achieve them. The platform approach allows them to improve the level of patient care, safety, and satisfaction in one comprehensive solution, meeting their current and future needs,” concluded Mark Rheault, President and CEO of Intelligent InSites.

About Butler Health System
Butler Health System (BHS) is a community health system that provides healthcare services in Western Pennsylvania. They are a network of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, personally invested in the community, who are focused on providing individualized care for every patient we treat. At BHS, they are neighbors taking care of neighbors for the benefit of the whole community. The centerpiece of BHS is Butler Memorial Hospital, founded in Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1898. BHS currently has 1,700 employees and continues to grow throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.butlerhealthsystem.org.

About Ekahau
Ekahau Inc. is the industry leader in providing Wi-Fi-based RTLS solutions. Ekahau’s customers, including several Fortune 500 companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of Wi-Fi based location services and innovative Wi-Fi network planning and optimization tools. Ekahau’s solutions are being used in more than 300 hospitals around the world, as well as by manufacturers, mining/oil/gas companies, government agencies and the military. Ekahau partners include wireless software developers, leading system integrators and international OEM partners, who develop and market wireless enterprise applications. Ekahau is a U.S. based corporation, with headquarters in Reston, Va. and other offices in Saratoga, CA; Helsinki, Finland; Tokyo; and Hong Kong, China. For more information, please visit www.ekahau.com.

About Intelligent InSites
Intelligent InSites is transforming the healthcare industry by driving significant, measurable, and sustainable financial and quality-of-care improvements in hospitals and senior care communities by delivering on the vision of the Real-Time Enterprise. By providing a single software platform capable of automating and streamlining dozens of systems and processes using real-time location and sensory data continuously collected throughout the enterprise, Intelligent InSites helps healthcare organizations gain visibility into their operations and make profound improvements in the area of workflow optimization, patient and resident safety, asset and inventory management, and regulatory compliance. For more information, visit www.IntelligentInSites.com.

About Vocera Communications
Vocera Communications, Inc., is the leading provider of voice communications systems designed to restore the human connection to healthcare. By providing integrated communications solutions for voice and alarm and alert systems, Vocera allows care teams, patients and loved ones to exchange critical information at the point of care. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Vocera system is installed in more than 600 hospitals with 450,000 daily users worldwide. For more information, visit: www.vocera.com.

January 13, 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.