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mVisumReadytoGrowIfyouveeverspenttimeinanintensivecareunityouprobablynoticedthatthereisaconstantchimingofvariousalarms.Nursesworkinginthisenvironmentalldaylongmighthearasmanyas13000alarmseveryday.Eventuallythenursesmaybecomedesensitizedandnotevenhearthealarmsaconditionknownasalarmfatigue.TheECRIInstituteafederalpatientsafetyorganiza-tionoftheUSDepartmentofHealthandHumanServiceshasnamedalarmfatigueasthetoptechnologyhazardfor2013.mVisumacompanylocatedattheRutgersCamdenIncubatorhasdevelopedanalarmmanagementplatformthateffectivelyaddressesalarmfatigue.HoweverthisproductwasnotevenonthedrawingboardwhenPraveenDalafoundedmVisumin2007.ItwasonlyafterthecompanyhadlaunchedothermobileproductsthatDalarealizedthathecoulddevelopasystemthatcouldsolvetheproblemofalarmfatigue.Dalahasalwaysbeeninterestedindoingsome-thingnewtosolveabigproblem.HehasaPh.D.inBiomedicalEngineeringfromDrexelUniversitydevelopedanintracardiacechoandothertech-nologiesatEPMedSystemsandfoundedthreestartupcompaniesinadditiontohislatestventuremVisum.InhealthcareyoucanalwaysseetheneedfortechnologyadoptionandhowyoucanchangepeopleslivesandoutcomeswithtechnologysaidDala.Thatswhatdrivesmetopursuenewtechnologiesinhealthcare.OneofmVisumsfirstproductswasaCardiologyCommunicationSystemwhichgetsclinicaldataintoaphysicianshandhelddevice.IfsomeonehasaheartattackthecardiologistneedstoseetheECGandthepatientsothermedicalinformationassoonaspossiblesaidDala.WithmVisumsCardi-ologyCommunicationSystemthisinfor-mationcanbesenttothecardiologistfromanambulanceoranintensivecareunit.Heorshecouldbeanywhereandstillbeabletorespondwithlife-savinginstructionsimmediately.TheCardiologyCommunicationSystemhasbeenusedwithgreatsuccessinvarioushospitals.HoweverhisexperiencewithhealthcareenterprisehasledDalatoconcludethatmobilizingdatadoesnotnecessarilyresolvethebiggestneedsofhealthcareinstitutions.WediscoveredthatitsnotjustaboutmobilityifyoudontfitintotheworkflowyourenotgoingtogoanywheresaidDala.Sointhelasttwoyearswehavecompletelyupendedourapproachandupendedoursystem.Thismadeoursystemextremelystrongontheworkflowside.mVisumsattentiontohowtechnologycanimprovetheexistingworkflowinhospitalsledtothecreationofthenewalarmmanagementplatform.Wehadtheuniquecapabilityofpushingdataintoasmartphoneusingourownenginesinareliableveryquickmannerwhichisuniquetous.Peopleworkinginthehospitalssuggestedthatweuseourtechnologycoupledwithsmartphonesandtherulesenginewithinourserverstomanagethenumberandtypeofalarmsbysendingonlyrelevantalarmsfrompatientstoaspecificnursessmartphone.ByusinguniqueringtonesthemVisumalarmPage2ContinuedonnextpagePraveenDalaFounderandCEOmVisum