Extension Healthcare Appoints Dr. Benjamin Kanter as Chief Medical Information Officer

New CMIO will serve as a voice for physicians as Extension continues to strengthen its physician-caregiver communication and collaboration solutions

FORT WAYNE, Ind.--()--Extension Healthcare, the leader in event driven Clinical Communication and Collaboration (CC&C), announced today that Dr. Benjamin Kanter, formerly CMIO with Palomar Health, has joined Extension in the role of Chief Medical Information Officer.

Extension is the developer of Extension Engage™, an alarm management and care team communication solution inclusive of event-driven secure text messaging for nurses, physicians, and other caregivers. Having a wealth of clinical and industry experience, Dr. Kanter will be the voice of the physician community for Extension - providing valuable insight into the desires and needs of physicians inside and outside the hospital - which will enable Extension to further develop solutions to meet physician communication needs.

According to Dr. Kanter, “It’s rare to get an opportunity to join such an accomplished team. Not only has Extension created the leading technology in the Clinical Communication and Collaboration space, they’re doing it for the best possible reason: to improve the delivery of high quality, safe healthcare.”

Communication issues are consistently ranked as a leading cause for sentinel events by The Joint Commission. When communications are suboptimal, care can be delayed or denied. This results in increased lengths of stay, unanticipated transfers to higher levels of care, and higher mortality. The Engage solution helps to reduce unnecessary clinical interruptions through a sophisticated rules-based middleware and facilitates quick responses to patient events through event-driven and patient-centric text messaging that meets and exceeds the requirements of HIPAA and The Joint Commission.

Todd Plesko, Chief Executive Officer of Extension Healthcare, said, “Dr. Kanter has always been an advocate for IT in healthcare knowing that advanced technologies can impact clinical outcomes. He has been a friend of Extension since he was an enterprise customer of ours while CMIO of Palomar Health.” Plesko added, “There is no other vendor in our space who can match the clinical expertise we have here at Extension. We can have great workflow discussions with both nursing and physician leadership alike. We’re thrilled that Dr. Kanter is on our team.”

Email BKanter@ExtensionHealthcare.com to connect with Dr. Kanter.

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Extension Healthcare’s Engage™ "one platform" approach improves clinical communication, collaboration, care coordination, and workflow with a specific focus on reducing unnecessary clinical interruptions and improving response to critical patient events. With what is traditionally accomplished using several vendors and platforms, Extension combines comprehensive alarm management with secure communications on a single platform. The Extension platform intelligently notifies clinicians about real-time patient events through context-driven notifications to smartphones and other common mobile communication devices. Designed for enabling situational awareness and timely information sharing across care teams inside and outside the hospital, Engage aggregates alarm, patient, and care team data from a variety of systems including physiological monitors, nurse call and lab systems, Electronic Health Records (EHR), and location sensing technologies and sends relevant information to enhance the usefulness of alarm and alert notifications. Leveraging the common platform that is purpose built for extensive integration and data aggregation, the Engage Mobile secure texting solution helps to expedite care coordination in response to events. With proven integrations and interoperability in more than 200 hospitals, Extension Healthcare has become a leading solution for improving care quality and patient and caregiver experiences.

Contacts

Extension Healthcare
Jenny Kakasuleff, 317-345-4176
jkakasuleff@ExtensionHealthcare.com

Release Summary

Extension Healthcare, the leader in event driven Clinical Communication and Collaboration (CC&C), announced today that Dr. Benjamin Kanter, formerly CMIO with Palomar Health, has joined Extension.

Contacts

Extension Healthcare
Jenny Kakasuleff, 317-345-4176
jkakasuleff@ExtensionHealthcare.com