Cedars-Sinai rolls out iPhones with Voalte

By Chris Gullo
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VoalteCedars-Sinai Medical Center will deploy Voalte's point-of-care voice, alarm, and text group of services. The hospital plans to deploy 1,000 iPhones pre-loaded with the software over the course of the next 12 months.

Voalte's offering combines high-definition voice calls, critical care alarms and presence-based text features and is intended for use by staff in acute care hospitals in the US and Canada — especially nurses. The company also bundles in medical reference information via a partnership it recently announced with Epocrates. Voalte says the offering enables faster response to patient needs. Voalte’s list of customers includes Nebraska Medical Center, Texas Children’s, Heartland Health, Huntington Hospital, and Sarasota Memorial.

“As a hospital dedicated to innovation and the patient experience, we realized several years ago that mobile-based technology was the leading edge of point of care,” stated Darren Dworkin, senior vice president and chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai, in a press release. “Choosing Voalte’s system is in alignment with Cedars-Sinai’s dedication to incorporate state-of-the-art technology to increase efficiencies, improve patient safety and keep nurses and clinicians continuously connected throughout the hospital’s units."

Voalte added approximately 30 additional features focused on workflow, delivery and support technology to the application based on feedback from the new customer.

“By listening to Cedars-Sinai’s observations and incorporating the nurse and clinicians’ suggested features, we were able to provide advanced clinical efficiencies and faster responses to patient needs,” stated Trey Lauderdale, Voalte’s vice president of innovation, in a press release.

Last month, Voalte announced Voalte Connect, a mobile device management (MDM) solution for hospital networks that utilizes the AirWatch platform’s technology. The new service allows the company to remotely secure, monitor, manage and support mobile devices deployed across a hospital.

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Read the press release below.

PRESS RELEASE -- Voalté, a leader in clinical communication technology and software for healthcare institutions, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced today the launching of Voalté’s point-of-care communication solution, consolidating voice, alarm and text on the versatile iPhone platform.

Cedars-Sinai, the No. 1 ranked hospital voted by Los Angeles residents for the past 20 years, chose to standardize using Voalté’s system after a rigorous one-year research and testing phase. Voalté was compared to all existing and future planned smartphone communication solutions and was selected as the mobile point-of-care communication of choice.

With Voalté’s system, nurses and clinicians can send and receive presence-based text messages, make high definition voice calls across the hospital VoIP system, and receive critical care alarms on the iPhone, providing faster response to patient needs.

“As a hospital dedicated to innovation and the patient experience, we realized several years ago that mobile-based technology was the leading edge of point of care,” said Darren Dworkin, senior vice president and chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai. “Choosing Voalté’s system is in alignment with Cedars-Sinai’s dedication to incorporate state-of-the-art technology to increase efficiencies, improve patient safety and keep nurses and clinicians continuously connected throughout the hospital’s units. We plan to rollout over 1,000 iPhones in the next year.”

Cedars-Sinai partnered with Voalté to test the system and provide critical clinical feedback. This input was instrumental in developing approximately 30 additional features, enhancing Voalté’s existing technology, including workflow, delivery and support technology.

“By listening to Cedars-Sinai’s observations and incorporating the nurse and clinicians’ suggested features, we were able to provide advanced clinical efficiencies and faster responses to patient needs,” said Trey Lauderdale, Voalté’s vice president of innovation. “Thanks to our partnership, we were able to build a system that met Cedars-Sinai’s high standards.”

About Voalté

Voaltéâ provides compelling software solutions for healthcare institutions that solve communication problems at the point-of-care. Voalté products are designed to be intuitive, high value, mission critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones. For more information, visit www.Voalte.com or call 941.312.2830.

About Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the Western United States. For 20 years it has been named Los Angeles’ most preferred hospital for all health needs in an independent survey of area residents. Cedars-Sinai is internationally renowned for its diagnostic and treatment capabilities, as well as breakthroughs in biomedical research and outstanding medical education. It ranks among the top 10 non-university hospitals in the nation for its research activities, and its human research protection program is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP). For more information on Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, call 1-800-CEDARS1 or visit www.cedars-sinai.edu.

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