Leading Hospital Equips Caregivers with Innovative Communication Tools

Voalte, the leader in healthcare communication technology, today announced that Tampa General Hospital, a private, not-for-profit hospital serving a dozen Florida counties with a population in excess of 4 million people, is upgrading toVoalte Platform™ for caregiver communication. Voalte Platform replaces a patchwork of pagers and an aging VoIP phone system with a unified, HIPAA-compliant solution that scales across the enterprise. The Voalte smartphone deployment is already live on several units, and will extend site-wide to Tampa General Hospital’s 1,011 patient beds and will include integrations with the electronic medical record and barcode scanning.

As part of the hospital’s BioMedical Device Integration (BMDI) project, a team of biomedical, IT and nursing staff collaborated to upgrade patient monitoring systems, integrate alarm middleware, and allow caregivers to receive alarm and alert notifications via a single communication platform. Caregivers at the bedside use Voalte One™ for voice communication, text messaging and alarm notification, while desk-based workers route alerts and send text messages via the Voalte Messenger™ web client. Providers outside the hospital exchange secure text messages with the entire care team using Voalte Me™ on their personal smartphones.“After an extensive review, we determined Voalte is the one vendor that can unify our multiple communication systems, tie in with biomedical devices, and provide secure text messaging for our physicians on their personal smartphones,” said Peter Chang, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Tampa General Hospital.

“Tampa General Hospital’s choice of Voalte Platform equips their staff with the industry’s leading healthcare communication technology,” said Trey Lauderdale, Voalte Founder and CEO. “Voalte smartphones integrate with the alarm-management system, allowing caregivers to receive immediate alerts and notifications from patient monitors and the nurse-call system. With patient information at their fingertips, caregivers can respond quickly, request help from support staff and streamline the workflow process to provide the best possible patient care.”

About Voalte
Voalte develops smartphone solutions that simplify caregiver communication. As the only company to offer a comprehensive Mobile Communication Strategy, Voalte enables care teams inside and outside the hospital to access and exchange information securely. Voalte customers benefit from a solid smartphone infrastructure that supports their existing systems and expands to accommodate future technologies.

Founded in 2008, Voalte is a privately held company based in Sarasota, Florida. Over 75,000 caregivers use Voalte products every day. For more information, visitvoalte.com or follow @Voalte on Twitter.