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Vocera to Spotlight Care Team Well-being and Patient Safety at HIMSS20

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Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognized leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, will showcase enterprise strategies and innovations to improve clinician well-being and patient safety during educational sessions and demos at the 2020 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, March 10-12. Serious workplace violence incidents are four times more likely to occur in healthcare environments than in private industry, which is why Vocera is focusing on issues that put patients and care teams at risk.

Fast, effective communication and how it impacts patient and staff safety is the focus of the HIMSS20 general session led by Deanna Parker, MBA, MHA, BSN, assistant vice president of emergency services at Hardin Memorial Hospital (HMH). Parker’s presentation on “Improving Communication, Patient Care and Staff Well-being” is Thursday, March 12, from 1-2 p.m. ET, in room W311A.

Learn how the emergency department at HMH implemented and adopted the hands-free Vocera Badge while onboarding new team members and serving thousands of patients during a $15 million construction project. In addition to patient and staff safety benefits, the hospital’s strategic approach to deployment and training was executed so well that within four months patient satisfaction scores and left without being seen rates showed significant improvements. Now, the hospital is seeing positive results in multiple sepsis metrics, too.

The HIMSS20 lightning session led by Vocera Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Collins, DNP, RN, FAAN, will shine the spotlight on cognitive overload among nurses and doctors – a major issue that impacts care team well-being and patient safety. Don’t miss Dr. Collins Wednesday, March 11, at 10:15 a.m. ET, on the lightning theater stage, where she will discuss how intelligent, human-centered communication solutions can simplify workflows, reduce cognitive burden, and improve patient care, safety and experience.

More information about these educational opportunities is available on the Vocera website.

While at HIMSS20, Vocera will launch unique wake words to interact with the award-winning Vocera Smartbadge to provide an enhanced hands-free communication experience. Now, the simple phrase “Hey Vocera” or “Ok Vocera” enables clinicians and other users to interact instantly with the wearable device without touching it. Clinicians can simply say the wake word to their Smartbadge and start communicating and collaborating completely hands-free, even while scrubbed in or wearing surgical gloves. This new feature is now available and will be showcased among other product innovations in the Vocera booth (#2959).

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 offers the leading platform for improving clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,850 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,600 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected our clinical communication and workflow solutions. Care team members use our solutions to communicate and collaborate with co-workers by securely texting or calling, and to be notified of important alerts and alarms. They can choose the right device for their role or task, including smartphones or our hands-free, wearable Vocera Smartbadge and Vocera Badge. Interoperability between the Vocera Platform and more than 150 clinical and operational 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, retail stores, schools, power facilities, libraries, and more. Vocera solutions make mobile workers safer and more effective by enabling them to connect instantly with other people and access resources or information quickly. Vocera has made the list of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Learn more at and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

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