SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), the leading healthcare communications company, today announced that Benjamin Kanter, MD, FCCP, has been named Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO). Prior to joining Vocera, Dr. Kanter worked as an industry consultant and thought leader with innovative healthcare IT companies, including Extension Healthcare, where he was the CMIO. In 2013, while the CMIO of Palomar Health in San Diego, Dr. Kanter worked with Extension Healthcare to create a reverse look-up smartphone app that allows physicians to search for patients and immediately identify and contact their assigned nurse.
As CMIO at Vocera, Dr. Kanter will continue improving patient care and physician-nurse communication by working closely with a team of clinical experts, including Chief Medical Officer Bridget Duffy, MD, and Chief Nursing Officer Rhonda Collins, MSN, RN. He will split his time between working with hospital customers to understand their technology needs and translating those needs into Vocera’s product roadmap and development priorities.
“Dr. Kanter has a successful track record of intersecting medicine and mobile technology. We are delighted to add him to our team of clinical innovation experts. With his in-depth knowledge of clinical systems and technologies, he will provide valuable insight into what physicians and care teams need to improve workflows and communication,” said Brent Lang, Vocera President and CEO. “We are very fortunate to add Dr. Kanter to our leadership team as we expand the interoperability of the Vocera Communication Platform and grow our market reach.”
“I’m looking forward to collaborating with a diverse and impressive team of innovators and industry leaders at Vocera,” said Dr. Kanter. “With so much talent behind an intelligent communication platform, Vocera is sure to make a significant and lasting impact on how care teams connect, communicate and collaborate. My mission remains clinical, improving the lives of caregivers and patients, and Vocera is aligned with that goal. It’s a joy to combine my work with this purpose.”
Dr. Kanter earned his medical degree and completed internal medicine training at Northwestern University. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and medical informatics. Dr. Kanter has been a member of several corporate advisory boards including Cisco, Nuance, AirStrip Technologies, and Spyglass Consulting. He is a published author and frequent speaker on how to seamlessly and securely integrate technology with practicing medicine.
Vocera Communications, Inc. offers the most robust clinical communications system in healthcare. Vocera delivers secure, integrated and intelligent communication solutions that enable care teams to collaborate more efficiently by delivering the right information, to the right person, on the right device, in the right location, at the right time. Vocera solutions provide hands-free voice communication, secure text messaging, patient engagement tools, and integrated clinical workflow with EHRs, nurse call systems and physiologic monitors. These solutions help improve operational efficiency, quality of care, safety and satisfaction across the continuum of care. In addition to technology solutions, Vocera drives thought leadership and new standards in care to elevate patient, family, nurse and physician experiences via the company's research collaborative, the Experience Innovation Network. Vocera is led by President and CEO Brent Lang and is headquartered in San Jose, California, with offices in San Francisco, Tennessee, Indiana, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Robert J. Zollars is the Chairman of the Board. For more information, visit www.vocera.com and @VoceraComm on Twitter.
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