Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frisbie Memorial Hospital Adopts iPhones for Point-of-Care Communication

We're seeing more hospitals truly becoming "digital" as smartphones become more powerful. This is even happening to smaller hospitals. Here's an interesting recent press release:

Frisbie Memorial Hospital Adopts iPhones for Point-of-Care Communication
Innovative Voalté solution to improve nurse communication

SARASOTA, Fla. Oct. 12, 2010 – Nurses and other point-of-care workers at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H. will soon be using iPhones to improve their communication and increase efficiency, thanks to Voalté’s first-of-its-kind integrated communication solution.

The Voalté application consolidates voice, alarm and text on the versatile iPhone platform. The solution will enable the nurses and clinicians at Frisbie to send and receive presence-based text messages and make high definition voice calls across the hospital VoIP system, providing faster response to patient needs.

Frisbie’s selection of the Voalté solution was the result of a technology review and assessment that began more than one year ago.
“Antiquated communications solutions, such as voice-only devices, are no longer adequate in the hospital environment because both parties must be available in order to communicate,” said Sally Reeves, Frisbie’s Healthcare Project Director. “We evaluated all of these options and selected Voalté as the best solution to streamline our nurses’ needs.”

Frisbie Memorial is the first acute care hospital to implement the Voalté solution in the northeast and the fourth hospital in the country. The installation will be integrating to the hospital’s PBX and WiFi system thus leveraging existing infrastructure.

“Nurses are challenged with managing multiple patient requests, paperwork and other responsibilities,” said Trey Lauderdale, vice president of innovation at Voalté. “Oftentimes, performing their job successfully requires the ability to quickly communicate with other nurses, physicians and healthcare workers.”

“Innovative hospitals like Frisbie are recognizing the importance and value of smartphone technology and how it can improve patient care,” he said.

About Frisbie Memorial Hospital
Frisbie Memorial Hospital is an 87-bed acute care community hospital located in Rochester, New Hampshire. Founded in 1919, we offer a broad range of services in a modern facility equipped with advanced medical technology. We are a nonprofit hospital, serving the greater Rochester communities.

About Voalté
Voalté 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.

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