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National Patient Safety Foundation Partners with Vocera Communications

Wednesday, September 5, 2007 General News J E 4
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass., Sept. 4 The National Patient SafetyFoundation (NPSF) announced today that Vocera Communications has joined itsCorporate Council as an Associate Member. The Corporate Council programprovides a forum for leading health care products and services companies towork along side NPSF Board members, health care providers, hospitalexecutives, and patients and their families with a single convergentgoal -- making patient care safer.

Vocera Communications is a voice communications platform that enablesimmediate dialog between clinical staff members. The system has proven toimprove staff communication, productivity and teamwork by enabling instantvoice communication among teams. Instant voice access to key resources reducesdelays in the delivery of care that can impact patient safety outcomes.

"Vocera has found through extensive customer research that technology canenable a safer clinical environment for both staff and patients," said RobertZollars, CEO of Vocera Communications. "The NPSF goal to create acollaborative environment between providers, executives, patients andtechnology providers will ensure IT developments are designed to meet clinicaland patient safety needs."

NPSF collaborates with its Corporate Council members on emerging patientsafety topics. By pooling their resources and expertise, the NPSF Boardworking along with its Corporate Council members engage in jointproblem-solving activities to advance the cause and culture of patient safety.

"The National Patient Safety Foundation is pleased to have VoceraCommunications as a member of our Corporate Council, Their work to improvecommunication and transfer of information among clinical staff membersaddresses a critical aspect of patient safety work as communication breakdownshave been shown to be a key driver of medical errors. We look forward toworking with them in support of our mutual mission to improve the safety ofthe health care system," noted Diane C. Pinakiewicz, President of the NationalPatient Safety Foundation.

About Vocera Communications

Vocera Communications, Inc. provides wireless communication systems forleading institutions and companies requiring enhanced customer service,productivity, and teamwork. Vocera is installed in more than 30 percent of the"Most Wired and Most Wireless" hospitals and 20% of the Magnet Hospitals. Formore information, please contact the company at 408-790-4100, or visit the Website at http://www.vocera.com.

About National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3founded in 1997. NPSF is dedicated to improving patient safety and reducingmedical errors by funding research and raising awareness with hospitals,healthcare systems, healthcare providers, and the patients and families theyserve. For more information, visit http://www.npsf.org.

SOURCE National Patient Safety Foundation
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