Huntington Hospital Uses New Technology to Assist Nurses

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nationwide, nurse workloads have increased due to higher patient acuity, increased documentation requirements and shortages of staff.  Today's nurse finds it more difficult to manage the multiple demands of patients, families and other members of the healthcare team.  Put simply, nurses frequently lack the time to do what they joined the profession to do -- provide quality patient care.    In addition to their bedside care duties, successfully performing their job often depends on their ability to communicate with coworkers and physicians both inside and outside the hospital, and getting the job done can be challenging.   

"Our nurses were carrying hospital provided pagers, wireless phones, separate pagers designed to alert them of critical patient alarms ... there were too many bells and beeps requiring attention, not to mention their pockets were literally overflowing with electronic devices," said Ron Rutherford RN, Huntington's director of informatics.

Enter Trey Lauderdale, who, when working for Emergin, the industry leader in alarm management/automated event notification solutions for healthcare facilities, witnessed firsthand the plight of busy nurses. He observed the nurses answering phones, pagers and call lights, and realized the need for an integrated communication solution.

Lauderdale's vision became a reality when he and his partners formed Voalte, a company focused on developing software solutions for the healthcare industry.  The Voalte One system provides voice, alarm and text services all on one device.  Developed for Apple's iPhone, Voalte 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 Voalte, caregivers can receive and respond to alarms dispatched by over 200 hospital systems and devices -- optimizing workflow and improving patient satisfaction and safety. 

Though Huntington is the first hospital on the West Coast to install the Voalte One, it was initially piloted at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida.  The test run elicited immediate and direct feedback from nurses who worked closely with the Voalte team, confirming how easily staff adapted to using the Voalte iPhones.

The nurses lauded the noise-reduction factor along with the convenience of carrying one device rather than several.  Texting another nurse was noted to be much easier than roaming from room to room or having them paged overhead, and they found that it was far less disrupting to the patients they cared for. 

At Huntington Voalte received similar praise.  "We were all very impressed with how the Voalte phones improved communication on our unit," said Eunie Lee, RN.  "With voice capability, prioritized alarm alerts, and text messages all available on one device, it has streamlined and simplified communication between staff members.  Voalte allows us to focus on nursing care with fewer interruptions.  It has been a great asset to our unit."

"The bottom line is that anything that relieves nurses of non-clinical duties frees them up for bedside care.  The decision to bring Voalte One to our nursing staff not only underscores Huntington's dedication to quality patient care, but also its reputation as an early adopter when it comes to breakthrough technology," said Rutherford. 

About Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital is a 636-bed not-for-profit hospital that is home to the only trauma center in the San Gabriel Valley.  Renowned for its programs in cancer care, neurosciences and cardiovascular services, Huntington is an active teaching hospital with Graduate Medical Education programs in internal medicine and general surgery.  The hospital has a regional neonatal intensive care unit, treating babies with the highest acuity.  For over 117 years, Huntington has been committed to serving its community with excellence, compassion and respect.  For more information, visit www.huntingtonhospital.com or call (626) 397-5464.

About Voalte

Voalte provides compelling software solutions for healthcare institutions that solve communication problems at the point-of-care. Voalte 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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