Last week, Hill-Rom, a leading global medical technology company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Voalte. This exciting news means Voalte Platform, which currently connects 220,000 caregivers with voice calling, alarm notifications and text messaging, will be integrated with Hill-Rom’s connected solutions, including smart hospital beds and vital signs monitors, to support high-quality delivery of patient care.
Using a combination of physiological monitoring, audiovisual communication, alarm escalation and electronic surveillance, paramedics at Nemours Children’s Health ensure the highest levels of patient safety.
Many hospitals are extending reach and controlling costs with centralized monitoring centers that provide 24/7 patient surveillance and tracking of vital signs.
In past years at HIMSS, IT professionals were focused on simple secure texting and BYOD solutions to prevent nurses and physicians from using unsecure messaging on personal smartphones. Now, we’re seeing a transition in the clinical communication and collaboration space, from quick fix solutions to comprehensive platforms that deliver serious results.
“Connection is the heart of interoperability,” the huge LED screen screams at the entrance to the InteroperabilityShowcase, the highest trafficked area of the exhibit floor, according to HIMSS.
Following are five practical guidelines and examples to help hospitals leverage the enhanced functionality of today’s clinical communication platforms.