New Unified Communications Solutions for Hospitals

— August 15, 2012

NEC Corporation of America, a provider of IT, networking and biometric solutions, announced a distribution agreement with EXTENSION, Inc., a healthcare ISV/IT solutions provider to enhance its unified communications (UC) offerings with EXTENSION’s HealthAlert solution suite.

Both companies expect the partnership to help hospitals compete in their marketplace while recognizing a greater return on their telephony, wireless infrastructure and other HIT investments. The EXTENSION HealthAlert solution includes pre-configured workflows for:

• Nurse Call Integration – Aggregates alerts from nurse call systems with electronic health records (EHR), hospital info systems (HIS) or other clinical data via a server-based architecture that enables the delivery of alerts to EXTENSION-supported devices.
•Device Messaging – Sends pre-defined and custom HIPAA-compliant text-based messages between EXTENSION-supported devices, including in-house IP phones and cellular based smartphones, supporting bring your own device (BYOD) and pager replacement efforts.
•Critical Lab Result Notification– Test results are sent to an EXTENSION-supported device, enabling instant communications with the lab to meet joint commission requirements.
•STAT Order Notification – Supports computerized physician order entry (CPOE) by sending STAT order alerts to nurses on an EXTENSION-supported device.
•Report Availability - Sends radiology, cardiology, and pathology reports to an EXTENSION supported device inside or securely outside the walls of the hospital.
•Staff Assignment - Staff assignment for individuals or groups via mobile devices or web interface.

Organizations can expand the abilities of HealthAlert by upgrading to an EXTENSION Engine license. This will unlock the ability to add or create new, customizable workflow configurations while maintaining the current ones.

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