Connecting Clinicians and Caregivers

Improve Clinician and Caregiver Communications By Connecting More Easily

Patient care improves when clinicians are able to coordinate with one another through enhanced caregiver communication tools that provide a balance between allowing others to reach them and protecting personal time. Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often have trouble reaching the right person to coordinate patient care.

Spok Device Preference Engine

The Spok Device Preference Engine (DPE) is a solution that helps ensure messages are routed to the right people on their preferred devices. The solution considers factors such as message priority to route a text-based or voice message to the intended recipient on his or her preferred device for that situation. The system can also add in escalation contacts in the event a message is not received and acknowledged in a pre-defined timeframe.

Spok Device Preference Engine allows users to create routing profiles, which can vary in complexity. For example, users may create profiles called “Low,” “Normal,” and “Urgent.” When the user’s status is set to Urgent, all calls go to a smartphone.

However, when users are busy rounding on other patients, they may instead prefer text-based messages on a smartphone, using the encrypted Spok Mobile® secure texting app.

Adding Escalation for Current Console Users

For those users of Spok’s console or web directory system, adding Spok Device Preference Engine will introduce escalation capabilities to your current messaging environment. DPE integrates with the database you already have in place for console or web, and will layer users’ escalation preferences on top of the devices they currently use to receive messages.


*Requires a specific version of the Spok platform

A Real-World Example

When Clinicians Can’t Communicate Easily

A patient came to the Emergency Department complaining of a small infection on his arm. The ED clinician saw the patient and determined he needed to be admitted. The ED doctor left a voice mail for the hospitalist who would be caring for the patient, expressing concern about the infection. The hospitalist did not get to the voice mail message for two hours. By that time the infection had spread to the patient’s entire arm and the situation was serious.

Fortunately, the patient recovered. But incidents like this have focused hospitals’ attention on the need for caregivers to actually have a conversation around coordinating care. Why didn’t the ED clinician talk to the hospitalist? Because frankly it’s not easy to contact the right clinician at the right time in these types of situations without a solution like the Spok Device Preference Engine.