Vocera Communications Acquires mVisum for $3.5 Million
mVisum's Alert Alarm Management System uses push notification technology to connect with and distribute data from hospital alarm-generating devices.Mobile communications company Vocera announced it has acquired alarm management company mVisum for $3.5 million in an effort to enhance the firm’s health communications portfolio. mVisum’s alarm presentation technology acts as a secondary alarm notification system and provides clinical context, including waveforms, such as ECGs, and vital signs, offering decision support and insight into the criticality of every alarm. The medical device alarm management platform helps reduce "alarm fatigue" by offering an alarm notification system with audio-visual cues to clinicians through smartphones and other devices. The software has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Class II medical device, and mVisum is also compliant with the FDA’s new requirements for mobile medical apps.
"The acquisition of mVisum is another step in our strategic roadmap to solve one of health care’s biggest challenges: communication," Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera, said in a statement. "Communication breakdowns caused by alarm fatigue have become a top patient safety concern and a regulatory priority. mVisum’s alarm management technology instantly delivers data to clinical decision makers and complements our secure, mobile communication solutions to help improve patient care, safety and satisfaction."