SOURCE: Allocade, Inc.

Allocade, Inc.

November 28, 2011 09:00 ET

Extensive Software Updates Available for Allocade's On-Cue Artificial Intelligence Command and Control System

Latest Features Further Improve Communications for Imaging Departments and Radiologists

MENLO PARK, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 28, 2011) - Allocade, Inc., developer of the healthcare industry's only expert software system that manages changes to the daily schedule, today announced the availability of updates for its innovative On-Cue® Artificial Intelligence Command and Control System. The new software updates, as well as On-Cue Analytics, will be highlighted at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Chicago, November 27-December 2, 2011, in Allocade's booth #808, Lakeside Hall.

The software features, designed to enhance the system's user interface, include the On-Cue Summary View, offering a one-line view for each procedure in the Radiology Department. Additional updates include the On-Cue Transport Client, which delivers a customized real-time view for the Transport Department to streamline communications with the Radiology Department; and a new automatic staff alert notification system notifying caregivers as relevant milestones are reached during daily workflow. This enables staff throughout the department to seamlessly move from task to task in preparation for procedures.

"These latest capabilities add further options for better visibility and communication within imaging departments, and they enable caregivers to improve communication with other departments to support timeliness of care," said Gary Wright, president and chief executive officer of Allocade. "We are extremely pleased with the broad adoption of On-Cue by medical centers from all over the country, and we are especially happy that customers are experiencing immediate benefits in several key areas of business operations and patient care. It remains our steadfast commitment to continue developing tools that provide powerful capabilities to improve patient flow, while remaining simple to implement."

On-Cue's Summary View provides a new layout in which procedures can be expanded or collapsed. The collapsed view shows one line per procedure while the expanded view shows all of the information a caregiver needs to conduct the procedure efficiently. The display can be sorted by time, transport state, patient name, scanner or room, or by procedure name for a quick review of the patients scheduled for the day. This is especially beneficial in busy Interventional Radiology Departments because it enables caregivers to see all patients on one screen at a glance, allowing for improved daily management of the entire department. The new staff alert notification is also designed to positively impact workflow. For example, as a physician is assigned a procedure for a patient and the "Awaiting Physician Review of Images" choice is selected from the drop down menu, the physician will receive a chat message notification.

In addition, the On-Cue Transport Client supports the coordination of transport requests from the Radiology Department, and it provides a real-time view of patient status within any procedural area managed by the On-Cue system. The system can facilitate personnel management as each request can be assigned to a specific transporter. In addition, the system can also improve efficiency as it communicates needed information such as the priority of the request.

"We were very pleased by Allocade's responsiveness to our specific requests, as we worked together with Allocade to develop these updates to improve transparency throughout our department and the rest of the hospital," said David L. Waldman, M.D., Ph.D., chairman, Department of Imaging Sciences, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "As a result of these updates, we experience minimal to no disruption in our workflow and we are able to spend more time with our patients. Specifically, the Summary View ensures more efficient patient care. We now have the capability to view all of our patient's diagnostic procedures scheduled for the day on one screen with the ability to access pertinent information for each specific study or exam along with patient history."

In addition to the new software updates, the company will also showcase its On-Cue Analytics, a suite of products that provide hospital administrators the relevant information on their facility's operational performance. On-Cue Analytics enable administrators to identify areas for improvement; increase throughput; achieve cost avoidance and meet operational goals. In addition, On-Cue Analytics can provide information for tracking quality measures that impact care and patient satisfaction. Because all events are time-tagged in the On-Cue system, Allocade can provide individual reports on metrics that cannot be captured from the RIS or other departmental software systems. The analytics are available in pre-defined reports, customized reports and through a data portal.

Current On-Cue customers are realizing significant improvements in the timeliness of care, with metrics that not only confirm increased patient flow through departments managed with On-Cue, but significant improvements in on-time performance. These are very important results as the company's customers work to meet their quality of care objectives, improve their patient satisfaction scores and drive down operating costs.

One hospital experiencing significant benefits from On-Cue is the University of Utah Health Care. The Interventional Radiology Department reported that the installation of On-Cue led to a 90 percent reduction in overtime costs, a 10-15 percent reduction in FTE expenses, an increase in patient volume, and improved Press Ganey scores.

About On-Cue Artificial Intelligence Command and Control System

Allocade's On-Cue system dynamically manages and communicates the constantly changing patient logistics to improve daily operations for all modalities in the radiology department, including computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and x-ray. Receiving information directly from the HIS and RIS, On-Cue utilizes artificial intelligence to prioritize among outpatient, inpatient and emergency department demands as it continuously optimizes operational schedules for the available resources. The system delivers real-time visibility of all schedule changes to all interested personnel, thereby improving communication and coordination both inside the department and with other departments.

About Allocade, Inc.

Allocade, Inc., headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., is transforming the hospital experience for caregivers and patients with its innovative On-Cue A.I. Command and Control System, which enables Radiology and Cardiology departments to deliver better patient care as on-time performance improves, departmental capacity increases, patient satisfaction scores rise, and costs are reduced. Allocade has an extensive customer base in the United States with institutions such as Children's Hospital Boston, the University of Rochester Medical Center, Medical City Dallas Hospital, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and University of Utah Health Care. For more information about Allocade and the On-Cue Expert (A.I.) Software System, visit

On-Cue is a registered trademark of Allocade, Inc.

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