Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of clinical communication and workflow solutions, acquired EASE Applications (EASE), an Orlando, FL -based provider of 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 people in the hospital.
The amount of the deal was not disclosed.
The acquisition of EASE strengthens the Vocera platform by enhancing care team communication with patients and families.
Led by Patrick de la Roza, chief executive officer, Ease provides an app that enables nurses and other care team members to send HIPAA-compliant texts, photos, and video updates to patients’ loved ones.
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.
Led by Brent Lang, Chairman and CEO, Vocera provides tools to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals, patients and families, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. Today, the company offers a platform for improving clinical communication and workflow used by more than 2,100 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,700 hospitals and healthcare facilities. Care team members use its 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.