Vocada, Commissure Link Up to Offer First Integrated Solution for Medical Communications and Documentation
Two innovative healthcare technology companies, Vocada and Commissure, have linked up to offer the first integrated solution for medical communications and documentation.
DALLAS and NEW YORK, (PRWEB) October 27, 2005
Two innovative healthcare technology companies, Vocada and Commissure, have linked up to offer the first integrated solution for medical communications and documentation, the companies have announced.
Commissure provides a state-of-the art software platform that enables radiology departments to boost their productivity. Vocada’s VoiceLink™ critical test results management solution is the only hospital enterprise solution for communicating critical test results from diagnostic departments to the entire ordering physician community. Using a patented system, VoiceLink automates the distribution of critical test result communications in a real-time, assured and trackable solution.
By integrating these two solutions, radiology departments for the first time will be able to fully automate the entire clinical workflow for ordering, documenting, communicating and reporting radiological examinations, thereby setting new benchmarks for physician productivity and patient safety.
The companies will present their integrated solution at the upcoming annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Nov. 27 – Dec. 2, 2005 in Chicago.
“The integrated Commissure and Vocada solution will enable us to optimize radiological staff productivity, while at the same time seamlessly enhance patient safety,” said Dr. Reuben Mezrich. Professor and Chairman of Radiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “With only one click of the (computer) mouse, the radiologist can ensure that important findings and critical data are immediately sent to, and received by, the clinician caring for the patient. The Commissure/Vocada solution makes documentation and compliance with rules easy, and doesn't cause the usual stress and interruptions that occur without it.”
Peter White, CEO and co-founder of Vocada, said, “Our customers are constantly looking for ways to further embed communications into their clinical workflows. By partnering with Commissure, we’re able to simplify and enhance the ordering and reporting process in one fell swoop.”
Michael Mardini, CEO and founder of Commissure, said, “As an industry leader, I want to enable a new era of productivity for radiology departments. The link up with Vocada adds a powerful patient safety dimension to our solution.”
Commissure’s RadWhere™ Suite provides a host of services for radiologists by improving the means by which reports are created, decisions are made and communications completed. Its real-time speech-reporting component uses patented natural language understanding algorithms to speed the reporting process and ultimately reduce how much the radiologist must say to complete a report.
It also enables automated knowledge access for mining clinical data as the radiologist speaks, allowing for intelligent access to relevant data in the diagnostic decision support process. In addition, key clinical content is added to the radiology report.
Vocada recently introduced a major upgrade to VoiceLink, Version 2.0, which provides a complete Critical Test Results Management (CTRM) system.
The new version of VoiceLink incorporates many of the recommendations of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, http://www. macoalition. org/Initiatives/docs/CTRbates. pdf (http://www. macoalition. org/Initiatives/docs/CTRbates. pdf). VoiceLink 2.0 enables hospitals to implement strategic critical test results management capabilities across their entire health care delivery system.
The patented VoiceLink system is an easy-to-use, hosted solution that enables a reporting clinician, such as a radiologist or clinical lab technologist, to create and send real-time reports of a critical patient finding to an ordering clinician. The ordering clinician can easily retrieve critical reports by phone or online.
VoiceLink ensures that every critical rest result is retrieved in a timely manner by the ordering physician. VoiceLink 2.0 supports a robust set of escalation rules that automatically forward critical test results to backup contacts and to other critical destinations within the hospital. The reporting clinician can monitor the process and status of his or her reports via the Internet. The entire process, including the original voice message of the critical test result, is archived and remains searchable for 10 or more years.
Vocada offers VoiceLink as a hosted, on-demand solution. It requires no customer investment in hardware or software. It can be accessed from any telephone and/or Internet-connected web browser.
The growing list of major hospitals now using or about to implement the VoiceLink system include leading academic, community and governmental healthcare institutions (http://www. vocada. com/customers. asp (http://www. vocada. com/customers. asp)).
RadWhere™ Suite is also capable of analyzing radiology reports and coding them with the proper ICD9 codes, eliminating the need for manual coding. RadWhere's enterprise tele-radiology component solves the problems associated with servicing multiple sites and using multiple applications by intelligently connecting to all sites and providing a single workstation in which to access studies.
About Vocada, Inc.
Vocada is a Dallas-based company that has created the first fail-safe medical communications system for hospital based diagnostic departments to communicate critical test results to ordering clinicians. Vocada’s VoiceLink™ critical test results management solution is the only hospital enterprise solution for communicating critical test results from diagnostic departments to the entire ordering physician community. Using a patented system, VoiceLink automates the distribution of critical test result in a real-time, assured and trackable solution, simultaneously enhancing patient safety and boosting physician productivity. The privately held company was founded in October 2000 by brothers Peter and Thomas White, who were both previously involved with other innovative and successful technology ventures. The company’s first product, VoiceLink™, was introduced in 2004. For more information, visit www. vocada. com.
Commissure is a leading provider of medical documentation and communication solutions. The company’s products and services drive efficiencies in information management through innovative structured speech recognition technology that closes the loop on the creation and communication of medical documentation. RadWhere™ Suite is designed to improve the efficiency of radiologists by enhancing the critical areas of speech recognition reporting, ICD-9 coding, enterprise tele-radiology, quality assurance, and critical findings communication. RadPort™ Suite supports clinicians by aiding them in such areas as decision support, order entry and multimedia results viewing. For more information, visit www. commissure. com.