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Ascom Announces Partnership with Stryker to Deliver Stryker iBed Wireless Notifications to Clinicians to Target Fall Prevention


Mobile alerts assist clinical staff in monitoring bed parameters on
Stryker iBed Wireless Smartbeds to drive compliance with hospital

Ascom, the global solutions provider focused on healthcare ICT and
mobile workflow solutions, announced a new North American strategic
alliance with Stryker, a leading medical technology company, to
integrate Ascom Unite software with Stryker's iBed Wireless Smartbed
system. This clinical integration can help prevent patient falls by
enabling automatic remote monitoring of bed status, checking for
compliance with hospital protocol, and alerting staff to potential
patient safety risk conditions.

Ascom Unite can monitor and evaluate bed status vs. prescribed protocols
for each patient. It supports an advanced rules engine that can have
tailored responses to siderails down, bed exit system disabled, bed not
in low height, and more. These responses can include mobile alerts,
display on a dashboard, and reporting. Ascom Unite can also suppress
alerts for unoccupied beds or turn them off for patients not deemed a
fall risk. To avoid unnecessary work interruptions, rules can be easily
customized to help ensure only important and actionable alerts are sent
to clinicians.

Falls-related injuries are associated with increased healthcare costs
and a longer length of stay for patients. This new partnership and
combined technology will help hospitals combat patient falls and deliver
an advanced solution that is customizable and adaptable to specific
hospital policies.

Rob Goldman, President Ascom North America, says: "Combining our mobile
messaging capability with Stryker's iBed Wireless technology extends the
reach of bed alarms to mobile clinicians, helping reduce the risk of
patient injury due to falls. Since the U.S. Joint Commission has
reported that 30 – 50% of patient falls result in an injury, our
partnership with Stryker offers hospitals more options to help mitigate
and deal with these risks."


is a global solutions provider focused on healthcare ICT and mobile
workflow solutions. The vision of Ascom is to close digital information
gaps allowing for the best possible decisions – anytime and anywhere.
Ascom's mission is to provide mission-critical, real-time solutions for
highly mobile, ad hoc, and time-sensitive environments. Ascom uses its
unique product and solutions portfolio and software architecture
capabilities to devise integration and mobilization solutions that
provide truly smooth, complete and efficient workflows for healthcare as
well as for industry and retail sectors.

Ascom is headquartered in Baar (Switzerland), has subsidiaries in 18
countries and employs around 1,300 people worldwide. Ascom registered
shares (ASCN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Zurich.

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