Healthcare organizations throughout the United States have spent considerable time and resources to meet governmental mandates for Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs). Now that most hospitals have implemented EHRs or are well on their way to doing so, we’ve reached an important milestone in the digitization of healthcare.
Healthcare organizations now have access to sophisticated information technology and systems, and a vast repository of records has transformed static, paper-based information into dynamic data that can be harnessed in numerous ways. Realizing that the EHR alone is not sufficient to develop actionable clinical knowledge, IT teams are coming up with new ways to leverage the potential of their Epic, Cerner or AllScripts infrastructure. Early emphasis has been placed on driving better patient care and managing the rising costs of healthcare with data security, data analytics and population health initiatives.
At HIMSS17 in Orlando last month, it was clear that healthcare organizations are now eager to gain even more value from their EHRs by integrating them with more efficient care-team communication solutions. Real-time communication and collaboration systems are coming of age as large health systems are employing lessons learned from their EHR implementations to start replacing legacy communication devices with enterprise, mobile communication platforms. We brought more team members than ever to this year’s HIMSS, and had the largest booth we’ve ever exhibited. Yet we still had conference attendees crowding the aisles around our booth, wanting to see a demonstration of Voalte Platform. Our leadership team, product managers and salespeople were busy nearly every minute of the exhibition, talking with hospital IT teams about their plans for a clinical communication upgrade.
Voalte is perfectly positioned to answer this growing need, with our recent ranking as the No. 1 Secure Communications Platform by KLAS, our strong partnerships and ability to integrate with the major EHR systems, and our eight years of experience with successful smartphone deployments. We also have the right people in place, including our most recent hire, Cheryl McKay, PhD, RN, as our new Chief Nursing Officer. Cheryl brings to Voalte 20 years of experience as an international expert on care team coordination and healthcare communication. She will be responsible for our clinical strategy and engaging our customers’ clinical teams to ensure our solutions help them achieve the best possible clinical outcomes.
Clearly, there is demand in the market for bringing the EHR into the point of care, at the same time there is an inevitable need to replace legacy phones that are nearing end-of-life. If your hospital is just starting to move forward on the enterprise care-team communication journey, be sure to contact us for a future-proof investment that leverages your existing infrastructure.
Adam McMullin is Chairman and CEO of Voalte.