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March 28, 2010
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Vendors Link RTLS, VoIP

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Extension Inc. and Redwood City-based AeroScout have teamed-up to develop integrated solutions. The idea behind the project, the companies say, is to help improve clinical and operational workflow by delivering enhanced patient and asset tracking notifications to Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) VoIP devices.

AeroScout's core healthcare offerings provide real-time location, status and condition information about assets, patients and staff. Extension Inc., provides an appliance-based software application that aggregates HL7 and Web-services data from all HIS and EMR systems, delivers relevant information to mobile devices such as Cisco IP Phones and cell phones, and also allows recipients to send automated responses via their device, the companies say. The two claim that together they can provide a more enriched, clinically-relevant tracking and alerting solution integrated with the Cisco Unified Communications platform so that healthcare organizations can improve clinical and operational workflows.

CenTrak Unveils Hand Hygiene Solution

Newtown, Pa.-based CenTrak, an RTLS provider, released its new Hand Hygiene Compliance System that automatically collects compliance and non-compliance data for dispensers, canisters and sinks to track usage.

The system automatically captures a specific caregiver's badge ID and entry to and exit from patient care areas along with hand hygiene events, based upon hospital determined compliance business rules, says the company. All of the recorded data is stored on CenTrak's local or hosted server and can be accessed by third party compliance management and reporting solutions, it adds.

Voalté Launches Point-of-Care for BlackBerry

Sarasota, Fla.-based Voalté says its Voalté One solution will be available for BlackBerry smartphones.

Voalté (nomenclature derived from Voice, Alarm, and Text) consolidates all three functions on the BlackBerry platform. The first-of-its-kind application enables users to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and receive critical care alarms on BlackBerry smartphones, providing faster response times to patient needs.

Healthcare Informatics 2010 April;27(4):42

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