Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Selects EXTENSION® HealthAlert™ Clinical Workflow Solutions for Cisco and Smartphone Devices

Jan. 21, 2011

HCA-affiliated Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has chosen EXTENSION’s real-time healthcare team communications solution for nurses, clinicians and staff 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – January 21, 2011 — (BUSINESS WIRE) — EXTENSION, INC. announced today that Doctors Hospital of Sarasota , in Sarasota, FL, has chosen EXTENSION’s Cisco and smartphone-integrated healthcare team communications solution. The 155-bed acute and general care facility – serving Sarasota and Manatee counties – selected EXTENSION for a number of reasons including its ability to provide real-time, context-aware clinical communications. Additionally, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota wanted a solution to  reduce overhead paging providing a quieter healing environment throughout the hospital which the healthcare software developer could satisfy. EXTENSION’s enterprise-wide scalability was also a key element in choosing the EXTENSION healthcare technology platform as Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has plans to implement the solution across various departments throughout the main campus.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota plans to implement several key functions of EXTENSION’s HealthAlert for Nurses solution including:

  • Nurse Call Integration to Cisco IP phones and smartphones,
  • Critical Lab Result Notifications to Cisco IP phones and smartphones,
  • STAT Order Notifications to Cisco IP phones and smartphones,
  • Report Availability Alerts to Ordering Physicians via smartphones,  
  • Device Messaging to/from Cisco IP phones, smartphones, and other mobile devices.

The EXTENSION HealthAlert for Nurses solution also offers staff assignment functionality from a Cisco IP phone or web browser.

EXTENSION offers endpoint-agnostic solutions that aggregate data from a number of clinical systems and integrate with various communication devices including Cisco IP phones and smartphones. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota has deployed both Cisco 7925 wireless and Cisco 7945 wired IP phones in which EXTENSION will fully integrate. EXTENSION can also integrate with various medical devices and offers a customizable workflow platform in which organizations, like Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, can freely build or adjust clinical workflow routines creating more tailored solutions to better meet their organizational needs.

According to Doctors Hospital‘s Chief Nursing Officer, Kathy Mitchell, “Our IT and clinical teams thoroughly reviewed EXTENSION as well as other alternatives. We found that EXTENSION allowed us to improve both clinical communication among care providers in various departments and  reduced redundancy in care delivery processes. Additionally, EXTENSION’s messaging functionality was the perfect overhead paging replacement solution for us. Now our nurses and physicians can instantly and quietly communicate with one another without multiple handoffs and less noise which is crucial to improving patient satisfaction and HCAHPS scores.” 

EXTENSION will be exhibiting at the HIMSS11 Annual Conference in Orlando in February. Live demonstrations of the HealthAlert for Nurses solution and more can be pre-scheduled in EXTENSION’s booth #1773. 

EXTENSION, INC. is the developer of the patent-pending EXTENSION® Solution Suite (ESS). The EXTENSION suite of software expands Cisco Unified Communications (UC) components and smartphones into critical workflow tools automating notifications using all modern messaging platforms, including Cisco’s award-winning IP phones. EXTENSION integrates any HL7-based application with Cisco Advanced UC using standards-based protocols. EXTENSION has earned the AHA’s exclusive endorsement for its HealthID™ patient smart card solution and has recently earned the ‘Cisco Collaboration Partner of the Year for the US/Canada.’ For more on EXTENSION visit To learn more about how you can download a free demo of the EXTENSION Mobile app for HealthAlert for Nurses and HealthAlert for Physicians visit

Whitney St. Pierre
[email protected]


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