Care Initiatives Becomes Largest Iowa-based Deployment of Voice Technology for Outcomes-based Care

PITTSBURGH, March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vocollect Healthcare Systems ( and, a business unit of Intermec, Inc. (NYSE: IN), announces its largest Iowa-based, enterprise-wise implementation of voice technology with Care Initiatives, Iowa's largest not-for-profit senior care provider. Based in West Des Moines, Iowa, Care Initiatives has deployed AccuNurse® voice technology in three (3) of its 44 nursing facilities and is now in the process of a full enterprise rollout to 35 additional sites in 2011.  

Care Initiatives' investment in voice is taking its clinical care to new levels of performance by enabling more proactive care, increasing productivity of its direct care team and providing more time for direct resident care. By giving caregivers the ability to access resident care needs on demand simply by talking, AccuNurse will enhance care team collaboration with Silent Paging and provide faster response to resident needs.  Care Initiatives will achieve numerous performance and reimbursement gains, including enabling higher levels of staff efficiency and satisfaction while increasing quality outcomes, eliminating paperwork, and achieving compliance.

According to Miles B. King, President and CEO of Care Initiatives, the decision to implement AccuNurse was made with its care mission and commitment to quality in mind. "AccuNurse is doing a tremendous amount in the industry to drive data in real time, right at the point-of-care so each and every elder in our communities receives person-centered care," he said. "This not only delivers the highest clinical care that our elders deserve, but it also directly supports our care mission. For our clinical team, they now have an easier and more accurate way to document. We're proud to have embraced AccuNurse, joining ranks with the most forward-operating facilities nationally to deploy this powerful solution for the benefit of our care team, our residents and also for the peace of mind of our elders' families."

AccuNurse voice-assisted care enables the following processes: real-time access to information and other staff; the elimination of paper-based printouts for managing care needs and documentation; the ability for caregivers to make decisions more accurately and quickly; and, the ability for the care team to multi-task while documenting care, thereby improving productivity and directing more time back to residents. According to Maureen Ladouceur, Vice President of Clinical Solutions at Vocollect Healthcare Systems, "By embracing voice, the most advanced care technology available today, Care Initiatives now sets the standard for outcomes-driven care throughout its skilled nursing enterprise. These facilities will benefit from real-time communication, documentation and clinical solutions expertise from AccuNurse, enabling them to further its commitment to clinical excellence and providing for the special needs of the elderly throughout Iowa."

About AccuNurse

AccuNurse ( and provides sound business guidance and data-driven clinical outcomes to long-term care's leading facilities. Through its CliniFusion model, which couples the depth and knowledge of senior clinical advisors with the power of voice technology, the company has taken a leadership role in preparing long-term care for 2014 reform, streamlining the work of the caregiver, and making substantial and lasting improvements to the performance of their facilities. This 'fused' approach to achieving clinical outcomes is what empowers AccuNurse to address problems no one else can. AccuNurse is part of Vocollect, a business unit of Intermec, Inc., and the global leader in delivering voice technology to mobile workers on six continents.

About Vocollect

Vocollect, a business unit of Intermec, Inc. (NYSE: IN), is the leader in creating and providing voice-centric solutions for mobile workers in distribution and warehouse environments worldwide.  The speech recognition software and extreme recognition accuracy of in-vocabulary speech helps customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice.  Every day over 300,000 workers worldwide use Vocollect's comprehensive voice solutions to distribute more than $3 billion in goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. A global team of over 2,000 supply chain reseller and channel partner experts supports Vocollect Voice offerings. Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite integrates with all major WMS and ERP systems, including solutions from SAP AG, and supports the industry's leading mobile computing devices. For more information, visit

About Intermec

Intermec Inc. (NYSE: IN) develops and integrates products, services and technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers, label media, and RFID. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For more information about Intermec, visit or call 800-347-2636.

Vocollect®, Vocollect Voice® and Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite™ are trademarks of Vocollect, Inc. AccuNurse® is a registered trademark of Vocollect Healthcare Systems, Inc. All rights reserved.

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