|[October 28, 2013]
EXTENSION Introduces Evaluate™ Program
FORT WAYNE, Ind. --(Business Wire)--
Inc. announced today a new program, EXTENSION
Evaluate™, that helps hospitals prepare for The Joint Commission's
Patient Safety Goal (NPSG.06.01.01) on clinical alarm safety.
EXTENSION Evaluate is a service that is designed to collect and analyze
a baseline of alarm and event information from a variety of medical
devices and point of care systems. The Evaluate service is offered at no
charge to qualifying hospitals and is delivered via a single server that
functions similar to a common "black box" flight data recorder.
Hospitals signing up for this new service will gain valuable insight
into the types and quantities of alarms that contribute to alarm fatigue
and interruptions in nursing care processes that are the core of the
alarm safety problem.
"EXTENSION recognizes that hospitals have been forming alarm safety
committees to establish a plan for managing alarms in compliance with
The Joint Commission's new NPSG," said Sarah Williams, Sr. Program
Manager for Evaluate. "We designed the Evaluate program to provide the
committee with the baseline data that is required as part of the first
series of recommended steps for addressing alarm fatigue." Williams
continued, "EXTENSION is in a unique position in the market because its
alarm safety solution provides a detailed alarm analysis performed using
software running on a single EXTENSION server."
Hospitals can register for the EXTENSION Evaluate program via the EXTENSION
website. An EXTENSION Solutions Consultant will conduct a discovery
call with qualifying hospitals to determine which systems andmedical
devices - such as patient monitors - can be analyzed. The Evaluate data
collection will be performed for up to 30 days at no charge and at the
end of the data collection period a detailed report will be presented to
the hospital alarm safety committee along with key findings and the
Overview of the current state via a series of data collection reports
Literature review / Research data
Specific process recommendations based on data findings
"EXTENSION has developed the next generation platform for alarm safety
and event response management," said Todd Plesko, CEO at EXTENSION. "We
can help hospitals collect and interpret the data they need to comply
with the new NPSG today, but also provide the expertise to guide them in
creating a long-term strategy for reducing alarm fatigue and improving
Engage unifies the alarm and event-generating systems in a hospital.
With its advanced
clinical rules and workflow engine, Engage intelligently assembles a
comprehensive patient profile and routes only relevant alerts enriched
with key contextual data to the appropriate clinician(s); which enables
event response to be better managed through the use of secure text
messaging and voice from any mobile phone.
"First generation middleware platforms were not designed to manage the
flow of alarms in a holistic way," explained Plesko. "Engage goes beyond
automating alerts and sending them to mobile phones by applying
intelligence that enables hospitals to cut through the clinical noise
and deliver only what is relevant, which reduces the instance of false
alarms and alert fatigue."
To learn more about the EXTENSION Evaluate program or to see if your
hospital qualifies, visit EXTENSION's
website or contact the program manager, Sarah Williams, at SWilliams@Ext-Inc.com
or 260-797-0200 x4243.
EXTENSION is leading the industry into the next generation of clinical
alarm safety systems. EXTENSION has merged advanced alarm management
software with an innovative communications approach that enables
clinical collaboration to occur in response to patient-related critical
events via event driven secure text messaging and voice. The EXTENSION®
Engage™ solution provides an advanced
clinical rules and workflow engine that delivers intelligent
notifications based on key contextual alarm, patient, and care team
data. These intelligent notifications are securely routed to the
appropriate staff members via their preferred communications
device to support informed clinical engagement across the complete
hospital enterprise. Through EXTENSION Engage, clinicians can instantly
initiate informed responses to critical events through secure text
response and voice call and engage their patients and other members of
the care team from any location. EXTENSION Engage has been granted FDA
510k Class II clearance for medical device secondary alarming.
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