Fort Wayne, Indiana based Extension Healthcare received the Health Tech Award during TechPoint’s 16th annual Mira Awards honoring the best of tech in Indiana. Extension Healthcare combines alarm management middleware with a text messaging solution, optimizing the clinical event response workflow.
Extension Healthcare’s Engage software helps hospitals provide better patient care by improving communication among doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and streamlining the workflow of all personnel.
Engage enables communication in real time via secure text messaging and voice on any device, and it was specifically developed to reduce the dangers of traditional medical alerting processes, such as alarm fatigue, interruptions and noise. Currently deployed in more than 200 hospitals nationwide and in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, Extension Engage is having a positive impact on the quality of healthcare delivery.
The judges were impressed by the results reported by hospitals using Extension Engage and the remarkable impact it has had from both a management perspective in the reduction of costs and the increases in efficiencies, as well as the positive impact on patient care.
An internal study by one customer found that Engage is saving 700 FTE nursing hours per unit, per year. Another customer found that Engage reduced false-positive telemetry alarms by 75 percent and achieved their highest-ever patient satisfaction scores. Additionally, Engage helps hospitals collect and use alarm and alert data to further improve patient care.
TechPoint, Indiana’s tech ecosystem accelerator, honored 15 companies, entrepreneurs and educators on May 2, at the Mira Awards gala presented by BKD CPAs & Advisors. Mira — Latin for miracle and a variable star thousands of times brighter than the Earth’s sun — represents the best of tech in Indiana each year.
Forty-three independent, volunteer judges spent more than 700 collective hours reviewing and ranking the applications, interviewing the nominees and choosing the winners. Judges are primarily subject matter experts and experienced company founders and executives.
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