Vocera acquires mVisum

January 14, 2014 in Medical Technology

As it looks to lessen the toll taken on clinicians by alarm fatigue, Vocera Communications has acquired mVisum, which develops alarm management technology for health systems.

“The acquisition of mVisum is another step in our strategic roadmap to solve one of healthcare’s biggest challenges: communication,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera, in a statement.

“Communication breakdowns caused by alarm fatigue have become a top patient safety concern and a regulatory priority,” he said. “mVisum’s alarm management technology instantly delivers data to clinical decision-makers and complements our secure, mobile communication solutions to help improve patient care, safety and satisfaction.”

[See also: Vocera makes its voice heard with two buys.]

Alarm fatigue is a problem for many hospitals, as the constant noise of beeps and alerts desensitize providers to the actual crisis situations those alarms could be warning of. Due to the safety risks associated with alarm fatigue, The Joint Commission approved a new National Patient Safety Goal on clinical alarm safety, effective January 2014.

Company officials say mVisum’s medical device alarm management platform helps reduce alarm fatigue by offering a closed-loop secondary alarm notification system with audio-visual cues and contextual data such as ECG waveforms to clinicians via smartphones and other devices, offering decision support and insight into the criticality of every alarm.

Its Alert Alarm Management System uses patented push notification technology to connect with and distribute data from almost any hospital alarm-generating device; configurable dashboards allow users to monitor alarms and alarm responses at the floor, nurse and individual bed levels.

[See also: Alarms at the top of ECRI's top 10 healthcare IT hazards for 2013.]

The mVisum acquisition is an asset purchase, valued at $3.5 million.

“We are thrilled to be joining Vocera, the recognized leader in the mobile, clinical communications market,” said Praveen Dala, CEO of mVisum, in a statement. “The strategic vision of both companies is to improve and streamline communications in hospitals and healthcare systems and we are excited by the impact that our combined technology portfolios and talent will have on our customers.”

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