I am thrilled to have joined Voalte as VP of Product and Alliance Management. As the leader of the Product Management team, my primary role is to make sure we build the right product, to be available at the right time, and designed in the right way to deliver a cost-effective, compelling communication solution for caregivers and support staff. Just as mathematicians can’t live without a calculator, we want clinicians to feel the Voalte empowered smartphone is the best tool to help them deliver a high level of patient safety and quality of care. Of course, no one piece of equipment is a silver bullet that solves every problem, but ultimately we want to deliver an increasingly valuable and powerful tool that is reliable, efficient and – most importantly – effective.
At Voalte, we understand that to be successful at meeting that lofty objective, the product and alliance/partner teams must go out and talk with nurses and physicians inside and outside the hospital. The participation and guidance of actual users is the foundation of everything we do at Voalte. Based on our users’ proactive input and constant feedback, Voalte has built a solid reputation for designing apps with the functionality and usability that has resulted in a quantum leap in solving the communication challenges of today’s healthcare personnel.
We’re also dedicated to building compelling alliances with companies that make related best-in-class healthcare products that are ideally suited to co-reside on the smartphone with Voalte apps. In certain cases, it makes sense for such products to be tightly integrated with Voalte applications, and in other cases to be more loosely coupled, as in basic interoperability. While the majority of such partnerships will be in software applications, we are actively building alliances with hardware vendors to deliver even more effective uses for our compatible and complementary products.
Done right, the integration of barcode medication administration (BCMA) and radio frequency identification (RFID), integrated with the smartphone hardware and our leading voice, alarms and text messaging capabilities, will demonstrate our commitment to delivering what nurses and doctors need to provide safe, efficient and effective patient care. Naturally, Voalte is fully engaged with the leading EMR vendors to create clinically compelling applications built on the Voalte communication platform … and is open to many more alliances and uses.
Communication is well recognized as a huge challenge for hospitals. The dynamic environment requires the exchange of a plethora of communication types, such as voice, alarms and text, but also is evolving rapidly to include images, video streaming and voice dictation. Add to this the requirement for managing all communication based on work schedules, real-time availability and roles, responsibilities and certification/licensing levels, and before you know it you’re talking about a truly complex communication challenge.
In my new role at Voalte, I’m looking forward to helping caregivers do what they do best – saving lives and creating positive patient outcomes. At Voalte, we believe that arming hospital staff and caregivers with a single, versatile communication tool is one of the most significant ways to make a positive difference in healthcare for the 21st century.