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EXTENSION® to Introduce First-of-its-Kind Enterprise Care Team Collaboration and Communication Solution at HIMSS

EXTENSION, INC., the developer of award-winning critical alerting and alarm management software for hospitals, announced today that it will introduce its unified care team collaboration solution - EXTENSION Engage™ - at the upcoming HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) conference. The first-of-its-kind, EXTENSION Engage blends alerting, messaging and presence to empower clinicians with the means to maintain mobile awareness of patient progression at every stage of their hospital stay. The EXTENSION Engage solution features an innovative mobile user interface that seamlessly facilitates collaboration and consultation among clinicians in their roles on the dynamic care team.

EXTENSION’s proficiency in designing contextual, mobile clinical alerting software has enabled it to develop the most advanced EHR-e™ (EHR-extender™) solutions available to acute care hospitals today. An EHR-e expands the use and value of the EHR - and other clinical systems - through the mobilization of static data. More specifically, the EHR-e wraps clinical event alerts with relevant patient data from the EHR and presents the intelligent alert to the responsible caregiver’s in-building wireless data phone or smartphone allowing them to make better care decisions. Like all EXTENSION solutions, EXTENSION Engage aggregates data from the EHR, ADT, and other hospital systems. But what’s more is that the contextual alert is integrated with secure text-messaging and presence functionality, all in a single application.

Todd Plesko, EXTENSION’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “EXTENSION Engage was designed using everything we have learned about clinician’s collaboration needs. For the first time, clinicians can use one app on one device for all of their alerting and secure messaging needs. No other solution can integrate to as many clinical and administrative hospital information systems as EXTENSION, offer comprehensive alarm management, and send secure text messages to IP-enabled devices like Cisco, SpectraLink and Vocera as well as smartphones including Apple and Android.” Plesko added, “This is an enterprise solution that addresses both the friction of inefficient communications and the primary causes of alarm fatigue. There is heavy demand for this level of efficient collaboration in nearly every hospital in the U.S. and beyond and we’re very excited to be the first to launch both alerting and messaging on all the prevailing devices used by clinicians today.”

In addition to highlighting its EHR-e methodology to facilitate seamless care team communication, EXTENSION will demonstrate some of its most popular critical alerting solutions in its booth at HIMSS including:

  • Nurse call alerts
  • Critical lab alerts
  • Electronic order notifications including STAT and CPOE orders
  • Full report availability notifications including cardiology, pathology, and radiology reports
  • HIPAA-compliant text messaging
  • FDA-pending medical devices integration

EXTENSION Engage v1 is expected to be generally available by Q3 2013. To learn more contact us at information@ext-inc.com.

EXTENSION will exhibit in booth #2463 at HIMSS13, March 4-7, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. To learn more about EXTENSION’s clinical workflow and alarm management software schedule a meeting or demo with an EXTENSION representative.

About EXTENSION, INC. (www.OpenTheRedBox.com)

EXTENSION® offers award-winning solutions that facilitate instant communication between patients and clinicians. Our solutions enhance common communication devices (wireless phones, smartphones, and communication badges) used as clinical workflow tools by aggregating data from various clinical/IT systems and delivering time-critical alerts to the devices. By establishing repeatable and reliable processes with EXTENSION's workflow software, healthcare systems improve patient safety, patient and staff satisfaction, and efficiency.

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