Healthcare News October 10, 2012

  • Obama hits Romney on Medicare, ’47 percent’

    The Obama campaign tied Mitt Romney’s Medicare plan to his controversial “47 percent” comments in a new ad Tuesday.

    The television spot quotes comments in which the GOP presidential nominee said 47 percent of the country pays no income tax and is dependent on government programs. That statistic includes seniors who receive Medicare and Social Security benefits.

    ” ‘Victims,’ ‘dependent,’ that’s what Mitt Romney called 47 percent of Americans, including people on Medicare,” the ad says.

  • Voalte Receives $6 Million in Strategic Investments


    Funding led by major healthcare technology company and healthcare system

    SARASOTA, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2012) – Voalte, a leader in clinical communications technology at the point of care, announced the company completed $6 million in new Preferred B funding from strategic partners led by a healthcare information technology leader and a major healthcare system. Per terms of the agreement, names of the strategic partners were not disclosed.

    The funding boosts Voalte’s core business areas and enables the company to expand operations. Voalte plans on expanding by creating an additional 100 jobs, growing from 50 to 150 employees over the next 18 months. The company also plans to increase work with development partners to enhance its clinical communications solution and introduce additions to its product line.

    “This funding will allow us to continue to develop the next generation of clinical communications solutions,” said Voalte CEO Rob Campbell. “With the addition of these partners, we strengthen our ability to empower healthcare professionals to improve communications, ensure patient safety and raise satisfaction.”

    The funding from strategic partners follows a $250,000 grant Voalte received in 2011 from the Sarasota Economic Development Council to create 50 new jobs over three years and expand facilities.

    Launched in 2009, Voalte provides clinical communications solutions to healthcare institutions through its innovative smartphone solution that allows nurses and clinicians to communicate directly through voice, alarms, and text. Voalte deploys more smartphones in hospitals than any other company and is used in leading institutions such as Massachusetts General, Cedars-Sinai, Texas Children’s Hospital and Ann and Robert H. Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

    “We began three years ago when institutions were hesitant to embrace the new technology,” said Campbell. “Our growth during that time demonstrates the increasing demand for mobile solutions in healthcare. To date, we have over 20,000 clinical users and over 5,000 iPhones successfully deployed in hospitals nationwide. Our goal is to continue that growth and continue to fill those needs and demands.”

    About Voalte

    Voalte is the only company to provide a fully integrated and dependable clinical communications system that health care professionals want, enjoy and effectively use. Voalte products are designed to be intuitive, high value, mission critical applications running on the latest generation of touch-based smartphones. For more information, visit www.Voalte.com or call 941.312.2830.

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    3. Voalté Establishes Reseller Agreement with Epocrates

  • Ann Romney plans visit to Florida cancer center

    Ann Romney, who survived breast cancer, will visit Moffitt Cancer Center outside Tampa on Wednesday, the campaign announced.

    Romney will tour Moffitt’s Women’s Oncology Center and visit with patients and their families, according to Tampa Bay Online.

    The event comes as Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee, works to soften his image on healthcare in the closing weeks of the campaign. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • DNC chief cites past breast cancer to fundraise against Romney

    The head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) called Mitt Romney’s healthcare claims “personally offensive” to her as a breast cancer survivor in a bid for campaign funds Tuesday.

    The fundraising email from Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) came on the heels of a new Gallup survey finding Romney leading President Obama 49 to 47 percent nationally among likely voters.

    Pollsters have attributed Romney’s sudden lead to his highly successful debate performance last week. 

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