Sarasota telecommunications company Voalte to add 100 new jobs

SARASOTA — A technology company that provides clinical communications for the health care industry plans to add 100 new jobs during the next 18 months.

Voalte announced Monday it secured $6 million in funding from an investment group led by an unnamed health care system. Terms of the agreement also were not disclosed.

The funding will allow Voalte to expand operations, increase staff and introduce additions to its product line, the company said.

“This funding will allow us to continue to develop the next generation of clinical communications solutions,” Voalte CEO Rob Campbell said in a statement. “With the addition of these partners, we strengthen our ability to empower health care professionals to improve communications, ensure patient safety and raise satisfaction.”

Voalte plans to add 100 jobs, growing from its present payroll count of 50 to 150 employees during the next 18 months.

The company last year already promised to add 50 new jobs during a three-year period and expand its Bee Ridge Road facilities to qualify for a $250,000 grant from the Sarasota Economic Development Corp.

Launched in 2009, Voalte provides communications for hospitals through a smart phone solution that allows nurses and clinicians to communicate directly through voice, alarms, and text.

The technology is now used in facilities such as Sarasota Memorial, Massachusetts General, Cedars-Sinai, Texas Children’s Hospital and Ann and Robert H. Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“We began three years ago when institutions were hesitant to embrace the new technology,” Campbell said. “Our growth during that time demonstrates the increasing demand for mobile solutions in health care. To date, we have over 20,000 clinical users and over 5,000 iPhones successfully deployed in hospitals nationwide. Our goal is to continue that growth and continue to fill those needs and demands.”