Three Vocera Customers Selected to Speak at HIMSS18

Healthcare leaders to share human-centered strategies and technologies for improving communication, experience and culture
Thursday, February 22, 2018
SAN JOSE, Calif.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognized leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, today announced that three customers were selected to speak at the 2018 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, March 6-8 in Las Vegas. During these HIMSS18 sessions, clinical and technology leaders from the U.S. and Canada will share how an integrated smartphone solution impacts clinical communication, how a chief experience officer drives next generation innovations, and how an IT department can improve staff resiliency with more collaboration, empowerment and trust.

  • The Impact of Smartphone Technology in Clinical Practice
    Dr. Sean P. Spina, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator, Island Health
    Tuesday, March 6; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST (Palazzo E)

    Award-winning research conducted at Island Health in Canada proves that a secure and integrated smartphone application improves clinical communication and workflows. Research led by Dr. Spina showed that when Vocera Collaboration Suite was used for routine alerts, the average physician response time improved to 3 minutes from 5.5 minutes. In addition, the number of physicians reporting interruptions in patient care fell to 32 percent from 77 percent. Dr. Spina will discuss study findings and outline how implementing the right smartphone solution into clinical practice can improve care team efficiency and patient care.
  • Chief Experience Officer: New Leader Driving Innovation to Transform Healthcare
    Sue Murphy, RN, Chief Experience Officer, University of Chicago Medicine
    Wednesday, March 7; 4−5 p.m. PST (Delfino 4002)

    A new cadre of healthcare executives, Chief Experience Officers (CXOs), are driving innovations to improve communication, patient engagement, staff resiliency, and much more. Gaining prominence within the industry, these change agents are co-designing human-centered solutions to create an optimal care experience for patients and families while empowering care teams to achieve their highest healing potential. Murphy will share the hospital’s strategy for building an Office of Patient Experience and discuss how hospitals can restore human connections by reconnecting people to purpose, using the right mobile communication technology, and building trusted relationships.
  • Transforming IT: The Journey to Clinical Innovation 
    Tom Stafford, Vice President and CIO, Halifax Health
    Thursday, March 8; 1−2 p.m. PST (Galileo 901)

    Five years ago, the IT department at Halifax Health had challenges with morale and attrition rates. In 2017, the hospital was recognized as the No. 5 Best Place to Work in IT among midsized organizations by Computerworld; and today resiliency and trust in the IT department have never been higher. In this session, Stafford will detail how Halifax Health navigated this impressive culture change by simplifying the IT strategy into four key objectives and improving technology adoption among clinicians. He will also discuss key leadership principles that resulted in higher levels of trust, engagement, empowerment and retention of IT team members.

In addition to attending these presentations, HIMSS18 attendees are invited to visit the Vocera Booth (#2824) to get a sneak peek at the latest version of the Vocera Collaboration Suite mobile application, which enables real-time situational awareness. Having real-time situational awareness empowers clinicians to make informed decisions quickly with actionable patient data (demographics, lab results, waveforms, vital signs, and other relevant data) at their fingertips. Last year at HIMSS, Vocera had recently announced its acquisition of Extension Healthcare. Now, members of the healthcare industry can get a closer look at how the strengths of these unified companies’ solutions are extending the power of the Vocera software and deepening the interoperability of the communication system. More information about this enterprise platform and these three educational sessions is available on the Vocera website. Regular updates and news from HIMSS18 will be featured on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,400 hospitals and health systems around the world have selected our solutions for care teams to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 150 clinical systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, aged care facilities, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. In 2017, Vocera made the list of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Learn more at, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

Vocera® and the Vocera logo are trademarks of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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Vocera technology has bridged our communication gaps – allowing instant hands-free voice calls, improving patient care coordination, and enhancing staff and patient safety by reducing response times.

Norman Bowman, Clinical Ward Administrator at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Vocera numbers speak for themselves, and they show this technology can dramatically reduce the time it takes to connect with a colleague and get a response. That has a real impact on the care we provide.

Adrian Plunkett, Paediatric Intensivist Consultant at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Vocera Badges allow our team to safely communicate under PPE during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Victoria Sudron, Service Improvement Coordinator at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust

Since implementing Vocera, we no longer have communication delays due to the ‘page and wait’ scenario.

Nick Roper, Clinical Director at North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust
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