What’s a few minutes? Sometimes, especially in healthcare, mere minutes can make all the difference. Consider the life-and-death implications of a hospitalist, Pharmacist and rapid response team receiving a sepsis alert immediately on their smartphones rather than an hour after a blood draw. Imagine a cardiac monitor alert with a waveform arriving on a clinician’s Voalte-powered smartphone for a real-time reaction, no matter where that clinician is working. Closing clinical communication gaps not only makes it easier for clinicians to communicate and collaborate, but also enables improved workflows that truly benefit patient care and decrease adverse outcomes.
As smartphones become ubiquitous in the healthcare environment, many nursing and IT leaders are seeing the unique benefits of Voalte Platform for quicker communication among clinical staff. Now it’s time to embrace the enormous potential of smartphones to reduce patient safety risks and improve the delivery of care as part of a comprehensive communication platform.
Customers throughout the country who have made Voalte solutions a part of their mobile strategy for nursing, support staff and physicians are sharing some impressive results:
- In San Francisco, UCSF Health saves time to administer second-line medications to pediatric seizure patients by equipping rapid response teams with Voalte smartphones and backpacks filled with vital medications.
- Avera Health in South Dakota reduces length of stay and saves 22 minutes on each discharge by sending orders directly from the electronic medical record to Voalte smartphones.
- Sarasota Memorial Health Care in Florida says a quieter environment is one unexpected benefit of implementing Voalte smartphones, with nearly 80 percent less overhead paging contributing to higher patient satisfaction.
- In New York, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reduced tachycardia alarms 78 percent by implementing an alarm management plan to alleviate alarm fatigue and improve patient safety.
- I’ve been pleased to work with Dr. Scott Snyder, System Medical Director for Neonatology at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, as he finds innovative ways for Voalte Platform to help improve workflow efficiencies, care collaboration and timeliness of care.
We’ve all become so accustomed to having our smartphones in hand throughout the day that it’s easy to think of these powerful tools as a simple convenience. But they can be so much more when a communication platform is designed specifically for the way clinicians practice.
In a recent conversation, I heard of an Oncology patient’s family being faced with difficult decisions about end-of-life care after his condition deteriorated dramatically overnight. Due to a delay in communication, the patient and his loved ones waited hours for the physician’s orders to be updated in the system. Delays like these point to the huge potential of a smartphone communication platform in closing gaps and improving clinical processes.
At Voalte, our team of clinicians and support staff are dedicated to enhancing clinical operations inside and outside the hospital. Stop by Booth 7131 at HIMSS18 this week to see how Voalte Platform can help your hospital close communication gaps and enhance patient care.
Daren LeCrone is Area Manager at Voalte.