NASHVILLE Tenn., April 12 – David Condra’s passion for climbing mountains serves as a metaphor for his life as a healthcare IT entrepreneur. He never saw a mountain or a problem that was too big or too daunting to tackle. Condra recently trekked in the Himalayas for fun. Now, he is being recognized as a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal for scaling one of the largest mountains he has ever climbed at work.
Condra is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amplion Clinical Communications. Over the past five years, Amplion has become a recognized leader in the use of innovative technology to improve both the safety and the quality of patient care in hospitals. Last week, Condra was selected as a Health Care Hero in the NBJ’s Health IT category for developing Amplion Alert – the healthcare industry’s first patient care assurance platform.
In nominating Condra for this prestigious honor, Dr. David Jarvis, National Medical Director for Select Medical said, “As a physician who has received direct benefit from the technology Amplion provides, I am extremely grateful for David’s innovative spirit and his clear commitment to becoming a catalyst for change in the healthcare industry.”
Condra founded Amplion following a frustrating personal experience at a hospital where he spent many months caring for his ailing parents. “As I witnessed inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the delivery of care at my parents’ bedside – unsettling alarms ringing for minutes on end, requests often unanswered, and caregivers stretched beyond capacity, I became convinced there had to be a better way” he said.
An accomplished engineer, Condra set his sights on creating technology that would improve patient experience while maximizing the effectiveness of caregivers. The result is Amplion Alert, a patient care assurance platform that prioritizes and sends patient requests and alarm data collected at the bedside immediately and directly to the appropriate caregiver and ensures that no care task is ever forgotten.
“We have a record of who received the message, when it was received, when it was accepted, who accepted it, and how long it took to respond,” Condra said. In hospitals where Amplion Alert is installed, patients can see requests in progress and hospital management can measure the performance of every caregiver, making it possible to reward top performers, coach low performers, and manage human resources more effectively to ensure patients get the right care at the right time from the right caregiver.
Dr. Jarvis says the impact of Amplion Alert has been significant at Nashville Select. “Since the system promotes quality rounding, precise alarm management, and the quick resolution of patient requests, we have seen staff accountability and patient satisfaction increase. Most importantly, we are ensuring patient safety and better outcomes as a result of the higher quality of care given at the bedside.” Amplion Alert is now being installed in more than 80 other facilities nationwide.
Condra has a long-standing history of technology innovation and leadership in Nashville. He founded Dalcon Computer Systems in 1979, providing computer systems, programming, and technology services to the healthcare industry. Under his leadership, the company grew to become one of the most respected high-tech companies in Middle Tennessee and was named to the “Inc. 500” list of fastest growing companies in the country.
Condra also served as the first president of the Nashville Technology Council from 2000-2005 and founded the Nashville Angel Network, which is now known as Nashville Capital Network. Building on Dalcon’s combined health care technology and VoIP expertise, the company rebranded in 2012 to become Amplion Clinical Comminications, and Condra led the development of the company’s flagship product, Amplion Alert.
Condra will be among nearly 30 other Health Care Heroes recognized at a NBJ luncheon May 20. He will also be featured in a special publication in the May 23rd print edition of the Nashville Business Journal. “I am humbled to be recognized alongside some of Nashville’s brightest healthcare minds,” Condra said. “To be recognized for contributions in a field for which I have so much passion is a tremendous honor.”
Amplion is building a better future for patient care. We combine capabilities in clinical workflow optimization, advanced patient communications technology and in-depth analytics to help organizations make data-driven decisions and create accountability within clinical teams. We close care loops and dramatically improve clinical and financial performance as well as patient and clinician experience. Safer patients. Smarter care. Assured. Learn more at www.amplionalert.com
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