Wolters Kluwer and Vocera Arm Halifax Health with Rapid Sepsis Identification Solutions for Improved Patient Outcomes and Safety

Kluwer Health
and Vocera®
Communications, Inc.
(VCRA) have teamed to arm Halifax Health
with a high-powered surveillance solution to advance its battle against
sepsis. Linking the real-time clinical surveillance and analytics of the
platform with Vocera’s hands-free communications
technology and mobile app accelerates the diagnosis of sepsis and the
timely delivery of patient-specific advice to nurses and other clinical
staff at the point of care.

“Time is the enemy when it comes to sepsis, with the likelihood of death
increasing by 8 percent for each hour that passes without treatment,”
said Ginny Kwong, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Information
Officer for Halifax Health. “Complicating early diagnosis is the need to
aggregate data scattered across multiple clinical systems before it can
be analyzed, and the results communicated to the point of care in a
meaningful way.

“POC Advisor and Vocera integrate seamlessly into workflows to overcome
these obstacles,” she continued, “quickly alerting our clinicians to a
potential sepsis case so they can make the proper diagnosis and begin
appropriate life-saving treatment to patients at the earliest, most
treatable stages.”

Halifax Health is a two-hospital, 678-bed health system that is the
largest medical provider in East Central Florida. A safety net hospital,
Halifax is also one of the state’s busiest emergency departments, with
more than 115,000 visits annually. Its goal in deploying a sepsis
solution was to build upon the success of an internal campaign that
resulted in a 33 percent improvement in mortality rates. They chose to
implement POC Advisor because of its scientifically proven results,
published patient outcomes and industry-leading precision and
timeliness. Another key factor was interoperability with Halifax
Health’s existing Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Vocera technology,
making it easy for staff to use.

“At an average of nearly $19,000 per primary diagnosis, more than half
of which is typically not reimbursed by Medicare, the financial cost of
sepsis is staggering,” said Sean Benson, Vice President and General

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