|[January 08, 2013]
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Improves Clinical Communications with EXTENSION
FORT WAYNE, Ind. --(Business Wire)--
INC. today announced the completion of phase 1 of its installation
with Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel that integrates the facility's
Rauland-Borg Responder 5 nurse call system with its 50 Cisco (News - Alert) wireless
handsets assigned to clinicians throughout each unit in the 3-floor,
"Our hospital was very intentionally designed from the ground up to
provide a healing environment that supports the care our patients
receive," said Brian Adams, President and CEO at Florida Hospital Wesley
Chapel. "EXTENSION has provided us with a middleware
solution that enables nurses to communicate with multiple patients
without relying on noisy overhead paging systems."
One popular feature of the EXTENSION communication platform for staff
members at Wesley Chapel is the ability to send Code Blue and Rapid
Response alerts to the appropriate group via a user-friendly web
interface. This operator console is located in the ED and staffed 24/7
to accept and distribute messages to the necessary users.
"Our nurses are quickly adapting to many new technologies since opening
the new facility," explained Mary Brady, CNO at Florida Hospital Wesley
Chapel. "EXTENSION complimented our existing workflows rather than
introducing significant changes. Nurses appreciate the ease with which
they are now able to immediately communicate with other staff."
"Medical technologies are intended to make the lives of nurses easier,
but can be burdensome if the needs of users are not considered in the
workflow design," said Tom Berger, CNO at EXTENSION. "EXTENSION dds
value by equipping nurses with a communications tool that enables quick
access to patients and staff without crippling their need to think
critically and respond intuitively."
Phase 2 is scheduled to begin soon and will include integrations with an
RFID-enabled infant security system, a patient education and engagement
system, clinician proximity awareness, patient safety fall prevention, STAT
Lab Results, and secure
text messaging for the entire population.
"When a nurse walks into a patient room, their picture and name appear
on the television screen," said Brady. "We would like to expand our
location services to automatically place a nurse's handset offline when
tending to a patient, or performing a critical task requiring a high
degree of attention. We intend to fully leverage the capabilities of our
new state-of-the-art technologies."
About EXTENSION, INC. (www.OpenTheRedBox.com)
EXTENSION® offers award-winning
solutions that facilitate instant communication between patients and
clinicians. Our solutions enhance common
communication devices (wireless phones, smartphones, and
communication badges) used as clinical workflow tools by aggregating
data from various clinical/IT systems and delivering time-critical
alerts to the devices. By establishing repeatable and reliable processes
with EXTENSION's workflow software, healthcare systems improve patient
safety, patient and staff satisfaction, and efficiency.
About Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel (www.FHWesleyChapel.org)
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is an 83 all-private bed hospital. Built
from the ground-up, this full-service community hospital features expert
staff, specialty design and state-of-the art technology built for better
patient care. The hospital features state of the art imaging and
surgical equipment, much of it first in the region. Services include an
emergency department, cardiac care, vascular surgery, orthopedics and
sports medicine, women's services and gynecology, obstetrics, and a
free-standing Health & Wellness Center (opening in early 2013).
Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading,
not-for-profit health network comprised of 22 hospitals throughout the
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