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Homestead of Sherman Uses AccuNurse Interactive Care to Improve Care and Service
Date:1/27/2012

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Vocollect Healthcare Systems, part of Vocollect, a business unit of Intermec, Inc. (NYSE: IN), announces that the Homestead of Sherman has implemented AccuNurse® voice technology. AccuNurse interactive care allows Homestead of Sherman to deliver quality care to patients and residents, while preparing for 2014 healthcare reform requirements.

AccuNurse interactive care enables Sherman's certified nurse aids (CNAs) to observe, perform and accurately document care needs while they are bed side with patients. This allows clinical management to make timely adjustments in care plans that more effectively address changes in patient needs, and ensures that the informational loop is closed by inputting care plan changes into what the CNA hears the next time direct care is provided.

"Since the implementation of AccuNurse, we've been impressed with how easy it is for our CNAs to quickly get the information they need to provide high levels of quality care to our patients," said Larry Ballou, Administrator of the Homestead of Sherman. "Because the information is so readily available and easily shared, we've seen a vast improvement in the usual conditions that are part of any skilled nursing facility, which reflects the improved care that is being delivered by the Sherman team."

Since the implementation of AccuNurse interactive care, Sherman has seen significant improvement in care and service delivery. Falls were reduced by 45 percent, bladder incontinence reduced by 64 percent, and development of pressure ulcers was reduced by more than one-half. Similarly, the amount of documented time that CNAs spend providing direct care to patients has also increased dramatically since Sherman began using AccuNurse.

"Interactive care is about leveraging staff with technology that provides real-time access to care plans, resident data and interventions," said Maureen Ladouceur, Vice President of Clinical Solutions at Vocollect Healthcare Systems, Inc. "AccuNurse provides Sherman's staff with a 'clinical coach' in their ears, and empowers them with the most accurate and complete acuity picture available."

Homestead of Sherman invested in interactive care to increase performance by enabling more proactive care of residents and increasing productivity of its care teams. It is part of a network of 26 skilled nursing facilities, managed by Lewisville, TX-based Stonegate Senior Living, in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Six Stonegate-managed facilities are currently using AccuNurse interactive care and the remaining 20 facilities will be implemented in 2012.

About AccuNurse
AccuNurse (www.accunurse.com and www.blog.accunurse.com) provides sound business guidance and data-driven clinical outcomes to long-term care's leading facilities. Through its CliniFusion model, which couples the depth and knowledge of senior clinical advisors with the power of voice technology, the company has taken a leadership role in preparing long-term care for 2014 reform, streamlining the work of the caregiver, and making substantial and lasting improvements to the performance of their facilities. This 'fused' approach to achieving clinical outcomes is what empowers AccuNurse to address problems no one else can. AccuNurse is part of Vocollect,
a business unit of Intermec, Inc., and the global leader in delivering voice technology to mobile workers on six continents.

About Vocollect
Vocollect, a business unit of Intermec Inc. (NYSE: IN), is the leader in creating and providing voice-centric solutions for mobile workers in distribution and warehouse environments worldwide.  The speech recognition software and extreme recognition accuracy of in-vocabulary speech helps customers achieve a higher level of business performance through voice.  Every day over 350,000 workers worldwide use Vocollect's comprehensive voice solutions to distribute more than $3.5 billion in goods from distribution centers and warehouses to customer locations. A global team of over 2,000 supply chain reseller and channel partner experts supports Vocollect Voice offerings. Vocollect VoiceWorld Suite integrates with all major WMS and ERP systems, including solutions from SAP AG, and supports the industry's leading mobile computing devices. For more information, visit www.vocollect.com

About Intermec
Intermec Inc. (NYSE: IN) develops and integrates products, services and technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets and information. Core technologies include rugged mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers, label media, and RFID. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For more information about Intermec, visit www.intermec.com or call 800-347-2636.

AccuNurse®, Vocollect®, Vocollect Voice® and VoiceWorld Suite™are trademarks of Vocollect, a business unit of Intermec Inc.  All rights reserved.


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