|By Marketwired .||
|December 3, 2013 10:30 AM EST||
TRAVERSE CITY, MI and BETHESDA, MD -- (Marketwired) -- 12/03/13 -- Nemours Children's Hospital has brought together a unique combination of Responder® 5 nurse call, Versus (OTC Pink: VSTI) real-time locating system (RTLS) and GetWellNetwork, Inc.® patient engagement technology to help put children and their families at ease.
When Nemours, an internationally recognized children's health system, was planning to open their new, 630,000 square-foot facility in Orlando, Fla., they brainstormed ideas for 21st-century care.
One of their ideas -- what if when a doctor or nurse walked into the patient's room, their name, title and photo immediately appeared on the room's television? And further, what if families could view a log of all the caregivers who came into their child's room during the day?
When the hospital opened in October 2012, this futuristic idea was reality, thanks to collaboration between Nemours and three of its vendors: Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida (RBF), Versus Technology, Inc. and GetWellNetwork, Inc.®
RBF was already installing Versus' RTLS as part of the Responder® 5 Nurse Call System, which intelligently routes patient calls for assistance to the right nurses. When wearing Versus locator badges, nurses no longer need to remember to press a button to cancel those calls. Using a combination of infrared and radio-frequency (RFID) technology, the locating system automatically identifies the nurse's presence in the patient room so she can immediately tend to the patient's needs.
Through the patient's bedside TV, GetWellNetwork was providing their Interactive Patient Care solution to engage patients and families with educational content and information about their hospital stay.
"The nurses love Responder with the RTLS call cancellation, but we knew we could take the technology further," says Elizabeth Rodriguez, Application Support Supervisor and member of Nemours' Bedside Technology Team. "We were already developing an interface with GetWellNetwork where doctors can order educational videos in the EMR and have them automatically pop up on the patient's TV. We thought something similar could be done with staff location in the room."
Working closely with Versus, RBF and GetWellNetwork, Nemours integrated all three technologies. "When the employee enters the room, the Versus RTLS sends that information through Rauland Responder to GetWellNetwork," explains Mark Chamberlain, a Nemours Application Support Analyst who worked on the project. "GetWellNetwork taps into our database, popping up the employee's credentials and photo on the TV regardless of what else is playing."
Further, "The RTLS allows us to keep an audit trail in GetWellNetwork," adds Rodriguez. "The data of who has been in the patient room is available, in case the family would like to see if a doctor has made his rounds while they were out."
Jackie Gustafson, Director of IT Applications, says leveraging technology in creative ways to support the sharing of information is core to Nemours' patient- and family-centered care philosophy. "It was truly extraordinary to watch it develop from concept to reality, and our partnership with these three vendors was critical to making it happen."
"The innovation of this solution has really been a game-changer for us," explained Jenn Cravens, Healthcare Business Development at Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida. "Being able to provide patients and their families with this integrated information has transformed the way we approach solutions in the healthcare market."
"It's an excellent example of combining technologies for the greater patient good," remarks Robin Cavanaugh, Chief Technology Officer at GetWellNetwork. "Providing this security and peace of mind to patients wouldn't be possible without the reliable, accurate location data from Versus and Rauland."
How has the technology been received? Chamberlain says originally only nurses and physicians were wearing Versus badges, but they quickly expanded the program because of requests from ancillary departments. Now, more than 200 employees participate, including respiratory therapists, rehabilitation staff and others.
"Wearing the badge makes a big difference when we first enter a patient room," John Rendle, Director of Respiratory Therapy at Nemours. "When the patient and family can recognize you from your photo, know your name, what you do, and know you're supposed to be there, it really puts them at ease."
Healthcare organizations wishing to learn more about the Versus-GetWellNetwork integration can visit with both companies at the HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, Fla., February 23-27, 2014. For more information about RTLS events at HIMSS, visit versustech.com/himss14.
Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, FL, along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves.
About Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida
Rauland-Borg Corporation of Florida (RBF) is a leading systems integrator for Florida's healthcare and educational facilities in since 1997. RBF has five locations, Altamonte Springs, Sunrise, Fort Myers, Tampa, and Jacksonville, strategically placed to be within a two-hour distance of any of our customers. Each location has a full-service and sales office with an on-site warehouse and service staff on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about RBF, visit rauland-fl.com.
About Versus Technology, Inc.
Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in Real-time Locating Systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used by more than 700 hospitals for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (OTC Pink: VSTI), our technology and client successes, visit versustech.com.
About GetWellNetwork, Inc.
GetWellNetwork, Inc.® provides patient engagement solutions that help health care providers engage, educate and empower patients along the care continuum. Our patient-centered platform, delivered across multiple technology platforms including mobile devices, computers and televisions, enables providers to implement a revolutionary care delivery model called Interactive Patient Care to improve performance and patient outcomes. The company further extends the value of existing IT investments by integrating seamlessly with electronic medical record and patient portal applications. GetWellNetwork is recognized by KLAS® as the leader in the Interactive Patient Systems category and exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association. Learn more at www.GetWellNetwork.com.
Safe Harbor Provision
This release may include forward-looking statements which "bespeak caution," and which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. The statements are made only as of the date of this release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update them to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
DevOps tends to focus on the relationship between Dev and Ops, putting an emphasis on the ops and application infrastructure. But that’s changing with microservices architectures. In her session at DevOps Summit, Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks, will focus on how microservices are changing the underlying architectures needed to scale, secure and deliver applications based on highly distributed (micro) services and why that means an expansion into “the network” for DevOps.
Jul. 1, 2015 07:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,483
"We have a tagline - "Power in the API Economy." What that means is everything that is built in applications and connected applications is done through APIs," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 778
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of...
Jul. 1, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,203
"AgilData is the next generation of dbShards. It just adds a whole bunch more functionality to improve the developer experience," noted Dan Lynn, CEO of AgilData, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 04:09 PM EDT Reads: 473
The Internet of Things is not only adding billions of sensors and billions of terabytes to the Internet. It is also forcing a fundamental change in the way we envision Information Technology. For the first time, more data is being created by devices at the edge of the Internet rather than from centralized systems. What does this mean for today's IT professional? In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed this very serious issue of pro...
Jul. 1, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,034
The cloud has transformed how we think about software quality. Instead of preventing failures, we must focus on automatic recovery from failure. In other words, resilience trumps traditional quality measures. Continuous delivery models further squeeze traditional notions of quality. Remember the venerable project management Iron Triangle? Among time, scope, and cost, you can only fix two or quality will suffer. Only in today's DevOps world, continuous testing, integration, and deployment upend...
Jul. 1, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,919
"We provide a web application framework for building really sophisticated web applications that run on a browser without any installation need so we get used for biotech, defense, and banking applications," noted Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com), held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York
Jul. 1, 2015 02:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,052
Discussions about cloud computing are evolving into discussions about enterprise IT in general. As enterprises increasingly migrate toward their own unique clouds, new issues such as the use of containers and microservices emerge to keep things interesting. In this Power Panel at 16th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the state of cloud computing today, and what enterprise IT professionals need to know about how the latest topics and trends affect t...
Jul. 1, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,175
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Jul. 1, 2015 02:21 PM EDT Reads: 545
In the midst of the widespread popularity and adoption of cloud computing, it seems like everything is being offered “as a Service” these days: Infrastructure? Check. Platform? You bet. Software? Absolutely. Toaster? It’s only a matter of time. With service providers positioning vastly differing offerings under a generic “cloud” umbrella, it’s all too easy to get confused about what’s actually being offered. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Kevin Hazard, Director of Digital Content for SoftL...
Jul. 1, 2015 01:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,149
"A lot of the enterprises that have been using our systems for many years are reaching out to the cloud - the public cloud, the private cloud and hybrid," stated Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 16th Cloud Expo, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 12:54 PM EDT Reads: 563
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
Jul. 1, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,044
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In his session at Cloud Expo, Alex Gorbachev, President of Intelligent Systems Services Inc., shared foundation principles of Ceph architecture, as well as the design to deliver this storage to traditional SAN storage co...
Jul. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,996
"Plutora provides release and testing environment capabilities to the enterprise," explained Dalibor Siroky, Director and Co-founder of Plutora, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @DevOpsSummit, held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Jul. 1, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,014
SYS-CON Events announced today that JFrog, maker of Artifactory, the popular Binary Repository Manager, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based in California, Israel and France, founded by longtime field-experts, JFrog, creator of Artifactory and Bintray, has provided the market with the first Binary Repository solution and a software distribution social platform.
Jul. 1, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Reads: 963