NEC America inks healthcare solution distribution deal with EXTENSION

Infotech Lead America: NEC Corporation of America (NEC) has entered into a distribution agreement with EXTENSION, a healthcare ISV/IT solutions provider.

Under the agreement, NEC’s unified communications (UC) offerings will be enhanced by EXTENSION’s open, standards-based HealthAlert solution suite.

Furthermore, the comprehensive HealthAlert solution will help hospitals compete in their marketplace while recognizing a greater return on their telephony, wireless infrastructure, and other HIT investments.

Ram Menghani, vice president-UC products and support, NEC Corporation of America, said that the agreement will enable NEC to leverage the clinical expertise of the EXTENSION sales and professional services teams to better support the workflow transformation and connectivity needs of our increasingly mobile healthcare customers.

The HealthAlert solution includes pre-configured workflows for Nurse Call Integration, Device Messaging, Critical Lab Result Notification, STAT Order Notification, Report Availability and Staff Assignment.

EXTENSION’s clinical workflow solutions enable collaborative communication between clinical staff and patients by sending instant, context-aware alerts to staff’s preferred devices.

Todd Plesko, chief executive officer of EXTENSION said that increased healthcare reliance on mobile access to voice and data from anywhere and supporting the BYOD trend has increased pressure on hospitals to simplify communications within their IT landscapes.

He added that this partnership will offer healthcare providers the solutions they need for greater productivity and efficient use of a unified communications solution.

The capabilities of HealthAlert solution can also be expanded, just by upgrading to an EXTENSION Engine license.

The EXTENSION Engine license will unlock the ability to add and/or create new, customized workflow configurations while maintaining the current ones.

A few months back, Brocade and NEC Corporation of America expanded their collaboration to bring combined solutions around Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and OpenFlow switching, including network virtualization to the market.

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