US Veterans Affairs Evaluating Palarum’s ‘Staff Safety Alert and Locator’ SmartBadge

Palarum, LLC and The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that they have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to evaluate and deploy Palarum’s innovative SmartBadge Alert Management technology designed to enhance staff safety within their hospital facilities. This project, led by VA’s National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation (NCCHI), is part of their mission to provide the best and most advanced healthcare possible for Veterans and the healthcare staff who serve them. VA Palo Alto Health Care System will be the first to pilot the solution.  
The Palarum Staff Safety SmartBadge System uses leading-edge communication and location detection technologies that allow hospital staff to instantly notify other colleagues that they need assistance and their exact location.   
“Our staff are our greatest asset, and we are dedicated to delivering the best pioneering tools for their safety, empowerment, and success,” said Thomas Osborne, MD, Director of the VA National Center for Collaborative Healthcare Innovation,and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. 
“As a healthcare professional and retired Lt. Col USAF, I am especially proud to be partnering with the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to develop and optimize new technologies that help improve the safety of the VA medical staff,” said Patrick Baker, Palarum’s founder and CEO. 
About Palarum:
Founded in 2014, Palarum offers innovative healthcare solutions that have been proven to improve patient care and staff safety.  This includes the revolutionary PUP® smart sock that incorporates patented wearable technologies woven into conductive fabric, enabling real-time monitoring to prevent patient falls and enhance physical therapy and rehabilitation. PUP is the most technologically advanced, nurse-centric, patient mobility system in healthcare. For example: it improves patient safety by greatly reducing injuries from falls; significantly reduces costs related to falls; decreases alarm fatigue through a smart notification system; and generates critical new data to enhance facility operations. PUP is designed for acute care hospitals, as well as facilities for rehabilitation, long-term care, and physical therapy.
Source: Palarum, LLC