The Amplion Difference: Seeing the Future of Nurse Call

It doesn’t take much effort to learn how frustrated clinicians are with the traditional nurse call system. Just type “nurse call system problems” into Google’s search engine, and you’ll get more than 55 million results in a matter of seconds. For years, nurse call systems have been trapped in the past. The traditional nurse call system—a complex system of electrical wiring based on technology from the 1970s—is typically unintelligent and outdated, creating alerts without context. Alerts are often delivered without enough information to properly respond..  Traditional technology is basically an “all call” to anyone and everyone. These non-specific alerting events can lead to alarm fatigue, which occurs when clinicians are exposed to an excessive amount of alarms. Alarm fatigue often results in desensitization and even missed alarms.

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Topics: Alarm Fatigue, Nurse Call, Closed Loop Care

The Conference Countdown Has Begun: Amplion Takes Its Nurse Call Care Assurance Platform on the Road

Posted by Sherry Henricks, MBA RRT on February 15, 2018

Amplion is hitting the road for two important conferences over the next few weeks: the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives (TONE) and the HIMSS18 Annual Conference & Exhibition! Read on to learn more about how we’re sharing our patient care solutions with frontline nursing and technology leaders—and ways we’ll be listening to the latest challenges and learning from other healthcare innovators.

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Topics: Blog, Nurse Call

Investing in Nurse Call? 3 Reasons You Need a Partner, Not a Vendor

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on December 21, 2017

Is upgrading your hospital’s patient care technology on your list of goals for the year? If so, you may be faced with a dizzying array of options when you sit down to evaluate the best technologies to implement into your facility.  

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Topics: Blog, Nurse Call

Flashback Friday: How Legacy Hospital Nurse Call Systems Have Evolved

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on August 18, 2017

You might laugh at this memory from the movie “Wall Street” of what was once considered a state-of-the-art mobile phone and say to yourself, “Technology has come so far!” But is your hospital operating with a similarly antiquated nurse call system? Many hospitals are using systems well past their peak functionality.

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Topics: Blog, Nurse Call

Gartner Report: Real-time Health Systems Shaping Nurse Call

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on February 14, 2017

With the release of the new Gartner report, “Reinventing Nurse Call to Enable the Real-Time Health System,” analyst Barry Runyon lays out a path for not only improving but also transforming clinical communications in hospitals—a route that is becoming crucial for providers to take as they navigate the changing landscape of regulatory reform, new value-based mandates and growing patient populations. 

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Topics: Blog, Nurse Call, Real-Time Health Systems

Improve HCAHPS Ratings with the Right Nurse Call System

Posted by Brenda Aubin, RN, BSN on November 11, 2016

Patient satisfaction is a major factor in the continued success for hospitals today. With financial health and public reputation tied to HCAHPS scores, improving patient ratings remains a top priority for hospital leaders.

There’s no shortage of information on how to do it. A quick Internet search turns up millions of articles, blog posts and experts standing by to help improve scores, and while there are many approaches out there that may be effective, sustainable change requires a sustainable solution.

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Topics: Blog, Nurse Call

How to Gain Leadership Buy-In for a New Nurse Call System

Posted by Brenda Aubin on August 3, 2016

Still on an old nurse call system (and stressed out by its inefficiencies)? You’re not alone.

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Topics: Nurse Call

Antiquated Nurse Call Systems Hold Hospitals Back

Posted by Frank Grant, President & CEO on July 8, 2016

Data revolution depends on smarter systems.

The insights that data provide can be game-changing, especially in the healthcare industry. Data can improve various aspects of patient care, ranging from patient safety to quality of care to employee satisfaction.

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Topics: Nurse Call

Gartner Report Sheds Light on UL 1069 and New Nurse Call Technology

Posted by Tom Stephenson on June 23, 2016

The future of healthcare is now, yet approximately 1/3 of hospitals are using patient communication systems that are at least nine years old. In some cases, these legacy systems rely on technology from the 1970s and fall woefully short of the real-time technology needed in today’s hospitals.

In a recent research note, leading Gartner healthcare IT analyst Barry Runyon asks the question – “Is Nurse Call Still Necessary?” and notes that, “as hospitals evolve into real-time health systems, workflows will be defined by rapidly changing care delivery requirements, which will be accommodated by the convergence of more mobile and modern solutions that possess the ability to interoperate with other systems to form new solutions.” And they are working.
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Topics: Nurse Call

5 Critical Questions for Your Next Nurse Call System

Posted by Cathy Swenson, RN, BSN, MA on December 10, 2015

In covering the state of nurse call, we have looked at “nurse call frustration” in a blog post titled Why You Should Expect More From Your Nurse Call. What we see from examining anecdotal or research-based evidence is growing dissatisfaction with legacy nurse call systems. Such systems usually provide only one-way communication from the patient to the nurse. They typically don’t collect much, if any, data for use in facilitating and confirming the delivery of care. In most cases, they contribute to the noise and chaos of a hospital floor, instead of enhancing patient and staff satisfaction.

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Topics: Nurse Call

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