St Louis, MO, May 7, 2012: The National Rural Health Association Conference was held in The Mile High City last month and in attendance where healthcare communications experts Steve Leidholdt, and Al Danklefsen from STL Communications (STL). As a Gold Sponsor and member of the NRHA, STL prides itself on providing relevant technology to speed up information transport throughout the continuum of care, reducing latency and increasing communications between physicians and nurses, resulting in an increase in patient satisfaction.
STL attracted a number of healthcare professionals to their booth looking at how to connect their disparate communications network and becoming a “smart hospital”. Al Danklefsen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for STL shared his view on the effects of poor communications between physicians and nurses,
“the continuum of care is littered with communication delays and therefore drives down productivity and adds costs to patient care. STL Communications solutions provide the technology, tools, and knowledge to fill the holes, thus providing an increase in patient, nurse, physician, and staff satisfaction, and at the same time, reducing the total cost of care.”
When asked about the needs and challenges this year’s attendees where talking about, STL President Steve Leidholdt said,
“Many are concerned about compliance with meaningful use; even those who are quite far along are now starting to dive into the details.” “We are having discussions about how to improve the speed of communications within the continuum of care. The business of healthcare is changing and providing the tools for the job is essential for rural healthcare and in the long run improves the overall cost model.”
What products and services offered by STL were getting the most attention?
“The Avaya Unified Communication suite of products is big”, stated Mr. Leidholdt. “They offer healthcare organizations the ability to collaborate using traditional voice, email, text, and video all on a single platform and all supported by a single vendor.” Mr. Leidholdt went on to say, “we are also seeing lots of interest in our Polycom IP and SIP wireless handsets; they are very popular with nursing staff.” “iPad to video conferencing is also a big hit, we showed the ability for a physician and or an executive to access others through their handheld tablets, this has tremendous value.”
STL Communications provides the core technology that keeps a hospital running. This includes the networking equipment, telephone systems, wired and wireless data networks, video conferencing, and applications that drive down the cost of care. The STL Communications smart hospital offers: Mobility: Nurse to Patient to Physician Communications; Notification: Physician/Nurse-Call Response, Paging, On-Call Scheduling, Intelligent Operator Solutions; Patient Contact: Appointment Reminder, Patient Follow-Up and Payment Recovery; Workflow: Patient Admit and Discharge Coordinator; Telehealth: Video Conferencing.
STL can be reached through our website at stlcom.com or they can be reached by phone at 800-993-4785. Healthcare leaders can also see us at other critical access hospital shows around the midwest.
Take a look at our video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ-73KgFzwc