SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognized leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, today announced that it has acquired EASE Applications (EASE), based in Orlando, FL. EASE offers a cloud-based communication platform and mobile application built to improve the patient experience by enabling friends and family members to receive timely updates about the progress of their loved one in the hospital. The EASE app enables nurses and other care team members to send HIPAA-compliant texts, photos, and video updates to patients’ loved ones, putting them at ease and saving valuable time.
With more than 1.6 million sent messages, the EASE application has demonstrated improved patient and family satisfaction and reduced the number of phone calls from loved ones to the hospital. In one study with approximately 2,500 family members, 98% said that EASE reduced their anxiety, and 81% reported that the availability of EASE would influence their choice of hospital. Additionally, patient satisfaction scores increased by an average of 6% for patients who used EASE compared to patients who did not use the application.
“Now, more than ever, meaningful human connections are needed in healthcare,” said Patrick de la Roza, chief executive officer of EASE. “When a person undergoes surgery or is hospitalized for an infection or other illness, the patient and their loved ones often feel fear, anxiety and isolation. EASE helps reduce these burdens by providing needed connectivity and transparency, while allowing care teams to deliver the best care.”
Patients can add friends and family members to their distribution list; and with a simple tap, caregivers can keep them informed and ease their concerns. Messages, pictures and videos sent disappear 60 seconds after being viewed, and nothing is saved on the mobile device, providing an additional layer of security and privacy. The application also provides secure two-way video conferencing between patients’ families and care teams. Additionally, EASE enables care team members to customize in-app surveys, offering a quick way to track and improve patient engagement and satisfaction in real time, and giving feedback and support for the caregivers.
“Improving the lives of patients, families and care teams is the mission of Vocera, which is why EASE is a perfect addition to the company,” said Brent Lang, Chairman and CEO of Vocera. “The acquisition of EASE strengthens the Vocera platform by enhancing care team communication with patients and families. We are excited to add this innovative, patient-facing solution to our portfolio.”
As part of the onboarding process, Vocera will issue restricted stock units totaling approximately 60,000 shares of Vocera common stock to approximately eleven employees of EASE. These restricted stock units will vest over three years after the closing and will be made from an inducement plan adopted by the company’s board of directors pursuant to the inducement exemption provided under the NYSE listing rules.
About EASE Applications
The EASE application enables healthcare providers to send updates easily and securely regarding a patient’s status. EASE allows for the secure transmission of custom texts, photos and videos from medical professionals to patients’ families and loved ones. EASE was founded by two pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, a hospital administrator and pediatric cardiac surgeon with a mission to reduce anxiety and provide transparency to nervous parents seeking information about their child’s surgery and condition in a secure way. For more information, visit www.easeapplications.com.
The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals, patients and families, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera offers the leading platform for improving clinical communication and workflow. More than 2,100 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,700 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected our solutions. Care team members use our solutions to communicate and collaborate with co-workers by securely texting or calling, and to be notified of important alerts and alarms. They can choose the right device for their role or task, including smartphones or our hands-free, wearable Vocera Smartbadge and Vocera Badge. Interoperability between the Vocera Platform and more than 150 clinical and operational systems helps reduce alarm fatigue; speed up staff response times; and improve patient care, safety, and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, aged care facilities, retail stores, schools, power facilities, libraries, and more. Vocera solutions make mobile workers safer and more effective by enabling them to connect instantly with other people and access resources or information quickly. Vocera has made the list of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Visit www.vocera.com and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.
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