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Huntington Hospital Uses New Technology to Assist Nurses; Voalte iPhone Application Improves Critical Communication at Point-of-Care
Date:1/18/2010

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.   

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"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
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