Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina has deployed Vocera technology at its second hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center, to boost clinical workflows and patient surveillance.

The medical center began surveillance monitoring of patients as the standard practice  in response to the Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert on safe use of opioids in hospitals.

For the surveillance programme, the hospital’s patient monitors is integrated with the Vocera system.

As a result of direct and contextual notifications being sent to nurses, especially when patients cross alarm thresholds at particular duration, clinicians can make timely patient assessment and give appropriate treatment.

The alarm thresholds and duration can cut down alarm fatigue. Furthermore, alarm notifications sent directly to a care team member can help in creating a more healing environment.

The medical centre is integrating the Vocera solution with the hospital’s nurse call systems and patient monitors.

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The Vocera software makes use of staff assignments and intelligent workflow design, prioritises alerts from these systems and sends contextual notifications to clinicians’ mobile devices.

This software can integrate with more than 140 clinical and operational systems, thereby helping to improve patient care, safety and experience.

Vocera president and CEO Brent Lang said: “It’s exciting to see how Wake Forest is expanding Vocera technology to transform care and improve both patient and staff experiences.

“It is a great example of how intelligent integrations can help build real-time health systems.”