New Voalte iPhone to Improve Communication Between Clinicians and Nurses
Pontiac, Mich. (March 12, 2013) — St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) is the first hospital in Michigan to adopt Voalte’s latest generation iPhone to improve clinical communication at the point of care. Voalte is the leader in clinical communications technology.
The iPhones, which will be used by nurses and clinicians, utilize Voalte’s versatile platform which combines high definition voice call, alarms and text messaging on one device designed to improve clinical communications. With a simple tap, SJMO nurses will be able to communicate instantly with each other from anywhere in the hospital, allowing for faster response time to patient needs.
Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO, said the implementation of the new technology “is one of several initiatives St. Joe’s has undertaken to improve patient safety and quality. We believe that this new technology will result in better clinical outcomes and enhance the quality of care for our patients, for which we are continually recognized.” SJMO has received many awards and honors for patient care and safety, including national recognition as a Truven Health Analytics Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital and a Top Hospital designation for patient safety and quality of care by The Leapfrog Group.
“St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a leading-edge hospital when it comes using cutting-edge technology to provide quality care,” said Voalte Vice President of Innovation Trey Lauderdale. “Implementing the Voalte solution is another example of St. Joe’s using a 21st century solution in its state-of-the-art hospital.”
As part of the installation, Voalte will be integrated with multiple systems within the hospital, including Spacelab Patient Monitors and Hill-Rom Navicare through Cerner Alertlink. These integrations will enable nurses and clinicians to receive critical information and alerts through the Voalte solution.
“After much evaluation, we determined Voalte was the best system for both clinical communication and our facility,” said SJMO Director of IT Robert Jones. “The new system will improve our workflow and allow our nurses to spend more time with patients.”
A comprehensive community and teaching hospital, SJMO is a member of the St. Joseph Mercy Health System, a subsidiary of Trinity Health. It has received national recognition for being at the forefront of patient safety and quality. Through uniting state-of-the-art computer information systems with a 21st century health care organization SJMO has transformed the way world-class patient care is delivered.
Voalte is the only company to provide a fully integrated and dependable clinical communications system that health care professionals want, enjoy and effectively use. 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.
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit stjoesoakland.org.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital. Combined, the six hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have six outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit stjoeshealth.org.
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