Huntington Hospital equips nurses with Voalte

By Brian Dolan

VoalteHuntingon Hospital has inked a deal with Sarasota, Florida-based startup Voalte, to equip its nurses and other point of care workers with iPhones that leverage Voalte's voice, alarm, text message communication platform. Voalté (its name comes from Voice, Alarm, Text) enables healthcare workers to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and receive critical care alarms all through their iPhones, which the company says helps to provide faster response times to patients' needs.

“Our nurses were carrying hospital provided pagers, wireless phones, separate pagers designed to alert them of critical patient alarms," Ron Rutherford RN, Huntington’s director of informatics stated in a press release. "There were too many bells and beeps requiring attention, not to mention their pockets were literally overflowing with electronic devices.”

The deal is the first Voalte has announced since completing a pilot program for the communications platform at Sarasota Memorial hospital.

Here's how the company describes its offering: "Developed for Apple’s iPhone, Voalté is designed to be a unified communication solution, combining phone calls across the hospital PBX, text messaging via a visual user directory and user-friendly alarm management. With Voalté, caregivers can receive and respond to alarms dispatched by over 200 hospital systems and devices – optimizing workflow and improving patient satisfaction and safety."

Huntington Hospital is a 636-bed not-for-profit hospital that has been in operation for 117 years. The facility has the the only trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley as well as programs in cancer care, neurosciences and cardiovascular services among others.

For more on the Huntington deal, read the press release here
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