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January 7, 2010

Volaté Debuts the Volaté One iPhone Application

Volaté (pronounced "volt"—the name is derived from a contraction of Voice, Alarm, Text) is an advanced turnkey unified communications solution enabling phone calls across hospital Voice-over-IP (VoIP) systems, text messaging via the user directory, and user-friendly alarm management. Voalté enables caregivers to receive and respond to alarms dispatched by over 200 hospital systems and devices, optimizing workflow and improving patient satisfaction and safety. The flexibility of today’s smartphones as the iPhone enables additional functionality to be added as needed and hospitals can customize the solution to satisfy the particular needs of specific departments and users.

On 25 September 2009, Yours Truly interviewed serial entrepreneur and Volaté CEO Rob Campbell, who joined Apple in its early days working directly for Steve Jobs (where he brought forth FileMaker), then at Microsoft, working directly for Bill Gates (where he was responsible for the phenomenon now called PowerPoint).

And as of 6 January 2010, Voalté has announced its Voalté One iPhone application is now available to hospitals nationwide. The iPhone application brings cutting edge communication technology to nurses and other point-of-care workers.
Voalté consolidates all three functions on the versatile iPhone platform. This pioneering application enables users to send and receive text messages, make voice calls, and receive critical care alarms on the iPhone, providing faster response to patient needs.
The product is a culmination of more than five man-years of development and design, and is the brainchild of Trey Lauderdale.

Lauderdale, the Vice President of Innovation at Voalté, was working for Emergin as the Regional Sales Manager of the Southeast when he saw the plight of discouraged nurses. He observed the nurses spending a great deal of time chasing information, and thought, with today’s technology, there must be a better solution.

“Clear and accurate communication is crucial to delivering high quality patient care,” said Lauderdale. “I knew there had to be a better way. I wanted to consolidate all of the point-of-care communication functions into one mobile platform.”
In June 2009, Voalté launched a pilot program as part of its development partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital in which nurses could give immediate and direct feedback to the company via the iPhones. The hospital staff worked closely with the Voalté team to gauge the success of the solution, including how easily the nurses adapted to carrying and using iPhones.
Voalté used the feedback of more than 100 nurses and point-of-care workers and fine tuned the product for the needs of the individual departments and users. The pilot at Sarasota Memorial was deemed a success and the solution is now shipping nationwide.
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