Voalte raises $10M more for mobile hospital comms

By Aditi Pai
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VoalteSarasota, Florida-based Voalte, which offers a suite of smartphone-based communication tools to nurses and other hospital caregivers, has raised $10 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total funding to at least $52 million.

The company's existing investors include Bedford Funding, an undisclosed health IT company, and an undisclosed healthcare system. In the filing, the company reported that it plans to raise another $7 million.

Voalte's mobile communication tools help healthcare providers connect with one another when they are inside the hospital, but they can also help connect providers to other members of a patient's care team outside the hospital. Providers can use Voalte's suite of tools to make voice calls, text, manage apps, and check if other providers are busy or available.

Yesterday, Voalte announced that Plymouth, Massachusetts-based Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, a 155-bed hospital, replaced its provider communication system with Voalte's offering. The hospital will use Voalte One to help providers communicate within the hospital and Voalte Me so that they can send secure texts outside the hospital on their personal smartphones. And earlier this month, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay also announced that they would use Voalte's services.

In February 2014, when Voalte raised its $36 million round, the company announced a deal with Motorola Solutions that moved Voalte’s software beyond Apple’s iOS and onto Android. As part of the deal, Voalte said it would offer its customers Motorola Solution’s device MC40-HC, an Android smartphone built for the healthcare enterprise.

Some of Voalte's other healthcare provider customers include Massachusetts General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Nebraska Medical Center among others, while its developmental partners include Cedars-SinaiSarasota Memorial Health Care System, and Huntington Medical Center.

The company now claims to have about 50,000 clinician users on its platform each day — up from the 35,000 users the company announced in February 2014.