While everyone is talking about the importance of interoperability, we see few real-world examples of partnerships that truly benefit end users. That’s why last week’s announcement about Connexall® partnering with AirStrip® and Voalte to securely deliver physiological monitor alerts paired with streaming live waveforms to Voalte smartphones was so exciting. This partnership is a unique example of three healthcare technology companies working together to produce a better experience for clinicians and their patients.
Three factors made this project not only possible, but also successful:
1. Forward-looking hospital leadership. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital was dedicated to increasing alarm specificity and reducing alarm noise. Hospital leaders envisioned an alarm system that would enable clinicians to make informed decisions quickly, and realized that one technology alone could not produce the desired results. By asking three companies with powerful technologies to work together, leaders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital got the results they needed.
Now the Connexall middleware can obtain static waveforms as well as streaming waveforms provided by the AirStrip ONE application. The data is paired with the cardiac alert on Voalte smartphones, which serves as a secondary alarm notification, to send caregivers immediate notifications that include the context necessary for them to make informed decisions about patient care.
2. Vendors working together. As the leader in the alarm middleware space, Connexall saw the value of providing clinicians with the context necessary to expedite and improve patient outcomes. By integrating data from AirStrip and delivering that data via Voalte smartphones, Connexall improved upon the alerting capabilities it can offer healthcare organizations.
By using open standards that allow their applications to work together, AirStrip and Voalte increased the value of both apps and improved upon the end-user experience. By delivering a waveform along with an alert, clinicians receive the information they need at the moment they need it, no matter where they are. These powerful healthcare solutions are possible only when vendors collaborate with each other and focus on positive outcomes rather than proprietary interests.
3. A flexible mobile platform. The Connexall-AirStrip-Voalte partnership is the realization of a comprehensive mobile platform that can grow to accommodate specific needs. When Voalte developed a smartphone platform for the healthcare environment, we envisioned a day when other third-party apps would not only run on a Voalte smartphone, but would actually integrate with other smartphone apps. This integration is where the true benefit of a smartphone platform becomes apparent.
I hope we continue to see technology companies come together to create strong workflows that benefit healthcare organizations, clinicians and patients.
Alex Brown is Director of Strategy at Voalte.