|[November 12, 2012]
Dalcon Rebrands as Amplion; Announces Capital Raise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --(Business Wire)--
Dalcon (News - Alert) Communication Systems, Nashville's oldest continually operating
technology company, today changed its name to Amplion
Clinical Communications, reflecting the company's focus
on in-patient nurse communications systems. The change is on the heels
of $3.75 million raised in new venture capital funding.
As part of the TNInvestco program to promote investment in innovative
Tennessee businesses, the financing round was led by Nashville-based
Solidus and Council Capital (through its Council and Enhanced Tennessee
Fund). Amplion plans to use the funds to expand sales of its new
technology to hospitals nationwide.
"Amplion is based on the Latin word 'amplio,' which means 'to improve',"
said CEO David Condra (News - Alert). "That's exactly what we're doing. Our model
improves the communication of real-time patient needs to caregivers.
Extensive pilots have shown that it improves quality of care."
Using Wireless Technology to Improve Patient Safety and Satisfaction
Alert, the company's flagship solution to improving care quality, is
a wireless, in-room communications system. The system enables clinical
staff to care for patients' needs in real time and track, manage and
confirm the delivery of care. The system monitors timed activities such
as rounding, bed turns and pain assessment, and emergent needs such as
preventing patient falls.
Specifically, Amplion Alert:
Helps reduce patient falls, pressure ulcers, alarm fatigue and other
Improves nurse communication and workflow byensuring the right
caregiver receives the right messages at the right time
Provides a mechanism for tracking and monitoring compliance with
hospital care policies and protocols
Increases hospital reimbursement by boosting HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer
Assessment of Health Plans Survey) scores for patient satisfaction
Supports retention and recruitment of nursing staff by improving their
ability to care for patients while reducing alarm fatigue by up to 97%
"In a hospital setting, nurses and caregivers are expected to remember a
lot. They have to navigate many audible alarms and alerts whose sounds
don't necessarily identify the specific need or which patient needs
attention. These dynamics make it challenging to give the best care
possible," Condra said. "For example, patients sometimes develop severe
pressure ulcers because no one realized they hadn't been repositioned
for hours. Amplion's technology helps prevent this."
Amplion Alert also provides data to allow management to manage staffing
ratios both to manage budgets and identify where additional clinical
care support is needed. The system also promotes nurse retention and
recruitment, since nurses feel more organized and documentation is
incorporated into their workflow.
How Amplion Alert Works: The "Closed
The system sends care alerts as text messages to wireless phones
assigned to individual caregivers and to the nurses' station
When a health professional accepts an assignment from the system, it
is removed from the list of active alerts
After successfully responding to a patient's needs, the nurse confirms
care by pushing a button on the in-room device
loop approach allows hospitals to ensure proper care has been
delivered and generates performance reports and improves patient care
New Hampshire's Androscoggin Valley Hospital installed Amplion Alert and
hospital administrators report significant increases in the facility's
HCAHPS scores since then.
"We have not had a major fall in the two and a half years since we
implemented the Amplion system," said Clare Vallee, RN, MS, JD, CNE-BC,
vice president at Androscoggin. "It has helped us change our workflow to
make it more patient-centered, to do a better job of taking care of our
"We have highly satisfied customers and growing interest from hospitals
across the country," Condra said. "We're excited about our potential to
improve the patient experience and play a role in changing the overall
delivery of healthcare."
About Amplion Clinical Communications
Founded in 1979, Amplion provides clinical communication systems that
take patient care to the next level. It supports hospitals of all sizes
to improve quality, safety and cost of care while enhancing patient
satisfaction. Amplion's in-room alert and response system facilitates
real-time attention to patient needs, compliance with care protocols,
reduction of never events and the ability to track, manage and confirm
the delivery of care. Amplion closes the loop so that nothing falls
through the cracks.
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