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Critical Alert Acquisition Adds New Capabilities to TigerConnect CC&C Platform

TigerConnect is about to add a range of new capabilities to its clinical communication and collaboration platform following the acquisition of the healthcare middleware provider Critical Alert. This is the second major acquisition by the Santa Monica, CA-based HIPAA-compliant text messaging platform provider in 2020, following the acquisition of Call Scheduler in the fall.

Critical Alert is a cloud-native and mobile-first provider of enterprise-grade middleware for hospitals and health systems. The middleware products are used by hospitals to combine nurse call, alarm and event management, medical device interoperability, and clinical workflow analytics. In addition to the suite of middleware products, Critical Alert provides traditional nurse call hardware to more than 200 hospitals throughout North America.

The acquisition will see the suite of middleware products incorporated into the TigerConnect platform which will add a host of new capabilities and power a wide range of alert types and alarm management enhancements. The integration of the middleware is expected to be completed in Q1, 2021.

Critical Alert middleware seamlessly integrates clinical systems to transmit alarms, events, and values and provides virtualized nurse call that includes contextual patient data to allow nurses to prioritize requests. Through centralized answering of nurse call alerts and the management of workflows and assignments, noise and clinical interruptions are reduced and responsiveness is improved.

Real-time Location Systems (RTLS) integrations help to improve caregiver effectiveness and streamline workflows and enable real-time tracking of staff location and time spent on tasks. These integrations provide insights into resource planning, workflow effectiveness, and ongoing process improvement initiatives.

The integration of Critical Alert with TigerConnect will allow easy integrations with smart bed alarms for effective fall prevention and improved patient safety. If the safe bed configuration is compromised, alerts will be sent immediately to mobile devices allowing nurses to quickly respond.

Through an integration with the TigerFlow care team collaboration solution, alerts will be intelligently routed to the right caregivers, suppressing unnecessary noise and improving efficiency. The context provided with these alerts helps nurses to prioritize effectively. Critical Alert also brings advanced analytics that provide insights into patient behavior and help with the optimization of staff workload.

The incorporation of Critical Alert middleware into the TigerConnect platform provides greater value to customers and helps to ease the burden on nurses at a time when nurse burnout is incredibly common. The improvements that can be made to efficiency and effectiveness are likely to make a huge difference in hospitals, especially given the current chronic nurse shortages.

“We see the Critical Alert acquisition as highly strategic and a natural evolution of our already-robust collaboration platform,” said Brad Brooks, CEO and co-founder of TigerConnect. “For the hundreds of thousands of nurses that currently use TigerConnect, these new capabilities will deliver real-time, contextual information to their mobile device or desktop to allow them to work smarter, prioritize responses, and efficiently coordinate care, all within the same reliable TigerConnect platform they use every day for enterprise messaging.”

The acquisition will see Critical Alert CEO John Elms join the TigerConnect team as Chief Product Officer/ Elms will play a key role in integrating the two companies’ technologies and will guide future product offerings. The VP of Sales for Critical Alert, Wil Lukens, will also join the TigerConnect team and will assume the role of General Manager of Critical Alert’s traditional Nurse Call hardware unit, which will continue to operate under the same name as a standalone business unit.

“The timing of the deal and the fit of these two companies aligned perfectly,” said John Elms, CEO of Critical Alert. “Two best-in-class, highly complementary solutions coming together to solve some of the chronic challenges—alarm fatigue, response prioritization, resource optimization—that have driven nurse teams to the brink. Together, these unified technologies will make care professionals’ lives easier, not harder, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead the TigerConnect product organization into this next chapter.”

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Webinar Today: How HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Transforms Healthcare

Data show 70% of delays in providing treatment to patients is due to miscommunication, so resolving the problems that result in miscommunication in healthcare is key to improving quality of care, clinical outcomes, and the patient experience.

One of the biggest contributory factors to miscommunication is the use of outdated communications systems, which has long been a problem in healthcare. Fortunately, there is a solution that has been shown to greatly improve communication efficiency and reduce the potential for errors and miscommunication – a secure texting platform.

To find out more about secure, HIPAA-compliant messaging and how it can make care teams immediately more efficient and effective, we invite you to join this upcoming webinar.

During the webinar you will discover how this single change can lead to major improvements in collaboration, save valuable time, decrease costs, and lead to happier staff and patients.

The webinar is being hosted by TigerConnect, the leading secure healthcare messaging provider, and will take place on Wednesday, December 9 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.

Webinar Details:

How HIPAA-Compliant Messaging Transforms Healthcare

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9 – 10 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. CT / 1 p.m. ET

Hosted by:
Julie Grenuk, Nurse Executive, TigerConnect
Tommy Wright, Director of Product Marketing, TigerConnect

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Webinar Today | The State of Patient Engagement: Insights for Transforming Telehealth

COVID-19 has had a major impact on telehealth, with more patients receiving virtual care than ever before.

To explore how telehealth adoption has changed in 2020 and the impact telehealth services have had on providers and patients, TigerConnect commissioned a Harris Poll survey. Patients and clinicians across the United States were surveyed and asked to share their views on telehealth adoption and the virtual care provided and received during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Thursday, November 12th, TigerConnect will be hosting a webinar to present the full results of the Harris Poll survey.

During the webinar, attendees will discover how COVID-19 has impacted the adoption of virtual care and telehealth solutions, insights will be provided into where patient engagement stands today, along with an outlook of how telehealth services are likely to change moving forward and the steps healthcare providers can take to optimize both clinical and financial outcomes.

Webinar Details:

 The State of Patient Engagement: Insights for Transforming Telehealth

Thursday, November 12th at 10 a.m. PT

Hosted by:
Carolina Ibarra, Principal, Strategic Services, TigerConnect
Jorge Jeffery, Data Scientist & Researcher

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TigerConnect Survey Confirms Widespread Support for Telehealth Among Providers and Patients

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a major increase in healthcare providers offering telehealth services to patients. Virtual visits are being offered to reduce the number of patients visiting hospitals and physician offices to limit transmission of the virus to ensure patient safety. The increase in use is out of necessity, but new research confirms telehealth services are popular with providers and patients alike.

TigerConnect, the provider of the most widely adopted communication platform in healthcare, recently commissioned a comprehensive Harris Poll survey to explore attitudes to telehealth among patients and healthcare providers. The survey was conducted on 2,039 U.S. adults aged 18 or older between July 23-27, 2020 and 500 healthcare clinicians between June and July 2020.

88% of healthcare providers who were already offering telehealth services to patients saw an increase in the use of telehealth services due to the coronavirus pandemic, with 71% of providers saying there was a large increase in use. It is understandable that so many providers and patients have embraced telehealth in order to reduce infection risk and prevent transmission of the virus, but even when the pandemic is over it is likely that use of telehealth services will continue at the same or even an increased level. Over two thirds of providers (71%) believe use of telehealth services will continue at the same or even a higher level when the pandemic is over.

There is also strong support for telehealth services among patients. 87% of patients who tried telehealth said they were satisfied with the experience, with 7 out of 10 patients saying it is important for providers to offer telehealth services to patients. Many patients appear to prefer virtual visits to in-person visits. Only 40% of patients said they prefer to meet their providers face to face.

Patients may be apprehensive about trying telehealth, but once they have their first virtual visit they are keen to go virtual again. Patients who have had one telehealth or video consultation in the past year were twice as likely to express a strong preference for a virtual visit over an in-person visit.

When patients were asked if there was anything about telehealth they did not like, almost half of patients could not think of a single criticism about their experience. The main advantages of telehealth among patients were convenience (50%), allowing appointments to be kept that may otherwise have been cancelled (36%), and the ease at which health check-ups could be scheduled (34%). 52% of patients said they believe telehealth was a safe alternative to an in-person office visit.

Boomers (Over 55s) and Gen Z (Under 24s) were the age groups least satisfied with telehealth. The most common complaint among Boomers was excessive complexity, while the most common complaint with Gen Z users was a lack of features, showing there is clearly further scope for refinement.

The survey on clinicians revealed there is a majorly fragmented market, with 140 different telehealth solutions in use. 14% of respondents said they are currently using multiple telehealth solutions. That may well change after the pandemic is over and the notice of enforcement discretion of the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights expires. The notice of enforcement discretion for telehealth services temporarily allowed telehealth solutions to be used that may not be fully compliant with HIPAA requirements.

65% of respondents said they were happy with their current telehealth solutions and almost 90% of users of the TigerConnect platform said they were happy with the TigerConnect platform.

The survey also revealed there is strong bipartisan support for telehealth, with 77% of Democrats and 66% of Republicans believing healthcare providers should offer telehealth services to patients. There are still some challenges to overcome to ensure that telehealth services are accessible to all. 53% of surveyed patients living in urban areas had utilized telehealth services compared to just 31% of patients in rural areas, which suggests there may be issues with broadband availability and cellular reception in rural areas which is limiting uptake.

“The people have spoken: telehealth is here to stay,” said TigerConnect CEO Brad Brooks. “The overnight move to telehealth is one of the fastest cultural shifts in healthcare in decades, and this research reveals it has already transformed the habits of millions of Americans who can now access great healthcare as easily as they can catch a ride to the airport. It’s up to our industry to seize this moment and ensure that it’s as easy as possible for anyone to access or administer world-class healthcare anywhere and anytime to improve health outcomes for all Americans.”

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Webinar: 24/9 | Save Time & Reduce Stress with Automated On-Call Physician Scheduling

Are you still using paper, whiteboards, and spreadsheets for staff scheduling? If so, you will probably not be surprised to hear there is a far better and more efficient way of creating, managing, and distributing staff schedules.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, TigerConnect is hosting a webinar to explain how automated, mobile-friendly, on-call physician scheduling, when integrated with a HIPAA-compliant messaging solution and systems such as EHRs, streamlines workflows, ensures accuracy, delivers fairness, reduces stress, and greatly reduces costs.

TigerConnect will explain how its secure messaging platform integrates with the new TigerSchedule physician scheduling solution to drive efficiency, improve staff satisfaction, deliver huge time savings, and help healthcare providers deliver better care.

Webinar Details:

Save Time & Reduce Stress with Automated On-Call Physician Scheduling

Date/Time:         Thursday, September 24 at 10 a.m. PT

The webinar will be hosted by:

Will O’Connor, M.D., TigerConnect Chief Medical Information Officer

Justin Wampach, TigerConnect Vice President, Scheduling

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TigerSchedule Automated On-Call Physician Scheduling Added to TigerConnect CC&C Platform

TigerConnect has announced it has acquired Adjuvant’s Call Scheduler solution, which has now been incorporated into the TigerConnect clinical communication and collaboration (CC&C) platform as TigerSchedule™.

The Call Scheduler solution adds innovative on-call physician scheduling capabilities to the TigerConnect platform, allowing users to automate on-call and work assignments, improve efficiency, and bolster collaboration across complex healthcare teams. Close collaboration between clinicians is vital in healthcare and has become even more so during the COVID-19 era, as has the need to improve efficiency and cut costs with the revenue challenges caused by the pandemic.

TigerSchedule™ is a rules-based automated physician scheduling solution which has been made available as a standalone solution and also part of the TigerConnect Platform. The Adjuvant-developed solution already has an extensive user base in the United States, having been adopted by a wide range of healthcare organizations from care centers including Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and medical clinics including Cardiac Specialists and Baptist Neurology.

The TigerSchedule™ solution offers healthcare providers several key benefits.

  • TigerSchedule™ adds new scheduling management capabilities to the TigerConnect platform.
  • The solution ensures fairness within the schedule, protects healthcare providers from being over-assigned, and ensures sufficient time between shifts to help prevent burnout.
  • Automated notifications are intelligently routed to the on-call schedule due to sickness, vacations, and patient cancellations.
  • Empowers providers to request the location and shift times they want and supports their preferences for text message notifications.
  • Simplifies shift swaps and changes and reduces the workload for managers.
  • A single view of all staff enables faster team collaboration and better resource optimization.
  • Rules-based automation and integration with EHRs improves scheduling and workflows.

“Reaching the right care team member quickly and efficiently is essential to providing excellent patient care. When you add the pressures of COVID-19 to the already existing whirlwind of paper schedules and unexpected shift changes, the challenge for caregivers is overwhelming. It can even be the difference between life and death,” said TigerConnect co-founder and CEO Brad Brooks. “TigerConnect with TigerSchedule™ helps healthcare systems streamline care delivery, improve outcomes, and enhance the patient experience while boosting the bottom line. It’s particularly valuable to healthcare organizations today, as they seek to reduce costs and improve patient and care team satisfaction.”

The acquisition of Call Scheduler will see President Justin Wampach join the TigerConnect team as Vice President, Scheduling Division, with the entire Call Scheduler workforce also joining TigerConnect.

“When Brad approached me and pitched the idea of being acquired, I admit we were flattered. I always felt our long-term strategy would involve us becoming a module within a broader product offering. We quickly realized that our offerings complemented each other well and it became obvious that joining forces would benefit our customers,” said Call Scheduler President, Justin Wampach.

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Webinar: July 30, 2020: How a Communication Platform Can Streamline Surgery Center Operations

Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) have diverse and dispersed physicians and can therefore face many challenges in coordinating schedules and optimizing workflows. Effective communication between staff members and with patients and their families is essential. Those challenges have become even more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the ways that successful ASCs have overcome these challenges is by adopting a secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth, texting, and collaboration platform. These platforms improve communication between doctors and healthcare staff, help with the coordination of schedules and streamlining of workflows, and make it easy for ASCs to provide telehealth visits and communicate with patients and families pre- and post-op. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these platforms have played an important role in keeping ASCs open and safe.

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, Dr. Andrew Brooks, Chief Medical Officer, TigerConnect, will be hosting a webinar and will provide insights gained from his work as an orthopedic surgeon and founder of seven successful ASCs.

During the webinar you will discover how ASCs can use a single, secure telehealth, texting, and clinical collaboration platform to optimize clinical workflows, coordinate physician schedules, establish communications best practices, conduct patient follow ups, and improve overall operations.

Webinar Details

Date:      Thursday, July 30 at 10 a.m. PT

Webinar is Hosted by:

Dr. Andrew Brooks, Chief Medical Officer, TigerConnect.

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TigerConnect Rated Among Top Advanced Clinical Communications Platforms by KLAS

TigerConnect, the most widely adopted care team collaboration solution, has been recognized by KLAS and rated among the top platforms in the KLAS Clinical Communications 2020 Advanced User Insights report.

KLAS is a healthcare IT data and insights company that conducts impartial research on software and services used by healthcare providers and payers worldwide. The company obtains feedback from healthcare professionals that are using software solutions and services, the insights are analyzed, trends are identified, and the company’s reports are used by healthcare organizations around the world to make decisions about healthcare software and services.

For the Clinical Communications 2020 Advanced User Insights report, KLAS collected data from multiple case studies and conducted in-depth interviews with three to five advanced users of each platform at organizations at the cutting edge of clinical communication to find out how these solutions have improved efficiency, security, and patient satisfaction. The report details the outcomes that have been achieved, the lessons learned by advanced users, and the range of workflows that each communication platform covers.

TigerConnect was recognized as having a very large customer base in both inpatient and non-inpatient care settings. KLAS found the platform to be highly customer centric, with nimble development for advanced users across different care settings. The platform had the most extensive breadth of workflows for advanced users out of all platforms assessed for the report and was the only clinical communications platform that had over 50% adoption of advanced workflows in nine out of the ten categories assessed.

TigerConnect was also rated the top vendor for patient-centered care team communications, pre-admission workflows, clinical support staff workflows, and discharge & post-discharge workflows. TigerConnect was recognized as having standout capabilities such as allowing communication to continue during EHR downtime, allowing care coordinators to coordinate care with referred caregivers, and the ability of the platform to link messages to patient records and pull all pertinent information for patient care.

“The KLAS report highlights one of TigerConnect’s biggest strengths – our ability to help healthcare organizations across the full continuum of care meaningfully connect and enhance outcomes,” says Brad Brooks, TigerConnect CEO. “More than 6,000 healthcare organizations rely on our platform to enable seamless collaboration in a scalable, fully integrated, easy-to-use solution. With so many challenges facing our industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time for innovation that enhances care and strengthens the bottom line.”

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WEBINAR TODAY: How a Top ACO Drives Better Outcomes with Communication

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have to overcome many communication challenges to improve collaboration, efficiency, reduce costs, and deliver better quality care. Those challenges have been made even more difficult during the COVID-19 crisis.

One of the ways communication and collaboration can be improved is through the adoption of a healthcare communication and collaboration (CC&C) solution, as was discovered by Scottsdale, AZ-based Innovation Care Partners (ICP).

ICP is a physician-led clinical integration network and ACO that provides value-based patient care through more than 800 practices and 5 local hospitals.  ICP works with almost 2,000 distributed physicians and serves over 150,000 patients and strives to provide clinical quality, greater efficiency, improved collaboration, better access to care, and long-term cost-control.

On June 24, 2020, ICP and TigerConnect will be hosting a webinar in which ICP will explain how it has been possible to streamline workflows and establish best practices for care coordination, clinical team engagement, patient satisfaction, and COVID-19 provider and patient communications using the TigerConnect clinical communication and collaboration platform.

Join the webinar to discover how ICP has maximized value and improved patient care through effective communication across its entire network.

How a Top-Performing ACO Drives Better Outcomes with TigerConnect

Wednesday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m. PT / 1:30 p.m. ET

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