We hear a lot of talk about how technology has “disrupted” healthcare. But as I noted in my presentation at this year’s VUE19 conference, we haven’t seen anything yet. Yes, IT has significantly altered how hospitals and physicians practice medicine. But based on historical precedent, we’re still 5 to 10 years away from our “Netflix moment.”
By continuously monitoring heart rate and respiratory rate—important predictors of patient deterioration—the Centrella Smart+ bed alerts using lights and sounds, and sends an automatic notification to the appropriate nurse’s Voalte smartphone via NaviCare® Nurse Call or other third-party nurse call or middleware system.
UConn Health sends alerts from TUG robots to the nurses’ Voalte smartphones to reduce the number of medications returned to the pharmacy.
Since implementing Voalte alerts, UCSF Health telemetry technicians have significantly more time to spend monitoring patients instead of making or answering phone calls to locate a nurse.
Using data from the easily accessible reports and dashboards in Voalte Insight, Exeter Hospital found that 5,000 of the 35,000 Voalte weekly text messages (or 17%) were either “OK” or “Thank you.”
How Massachusetts General overcame language barriers by replacing interpreters’ pagers with smartphones.
At VUE19 today, Christopher Kirwan, PhD, talked about how his Medical Interpreter Services (MIS) department at Massachusetts General Hospital switched from pagers to Voalte smartphones to reduce delays in care and provide better experiences for the hospital’s providers, interpreters, staff and patients.