Intelligent device accelerates care with hands-free communication and secure messaging

SAN JOSE, Calif.-- (BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognised leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, today announced the launch of a new category of wearable communication devices that enables clinician agility and accelerates patient care. The Vocera Smartbadge combines smartphone usability with the hands-free freedom of the Vocera Badge to redefine healthcare communication – again.

“Vocera has been on a mission to improve the lives of patients, families and care teams for more than 18 years; and based on customer feedback, we have thoughtfully designed a sleek, light-weight, wearable, and intelligent device that will make it even easier for care teams to communicate and collaborate,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “The new Smartbadge is purpose-built to leverage the full software capability of the expanded Vocera Platform – voice calling, messaging, clinical alerts and alarms, and more – with its larger, touch-screen display.”

The biggest advantage of the new Vocera Smartbadge over earlier versions of the wearable communication device is the size of the 2.4” touchscreen, which enables clinicians to receive and read notifications with more patient context. For example, a nurse who receives a sepsis alert can see the patient room number, plus the patient’s name, age, and vital signs. The larger screen also enables clinicians to view contact lists, as well as read and send text messages right from their Smartbadge.

While the device’s screen is larger than the original Vocera Badge, the new Smartbadge is still small, lightweight, wearable, and ideal for busy clinicians needing their hands free to provide patient care. Improved microphones and speakers enable high-quality audio while communicating with colleagues in both hands-free and hand-set mode. A new, dedicated, one-touch panic button is designed to make it faster and easier for staff to get help in emergency situations. Additionally, the Smartbadge boasts extended battery life, USB charging and headset ports, and a durable and water-resistant design.

“The Vocera Smartbadge is a gamechanger for healthcare and will enhance the way care teams connect, collaborate and provide care to patients,” said Tom Stafford, vice president and CIO at Halifax Health. “I am impressed by how the Smartbadge is still small and lightweight even with a larger notification screen, which is also now a touchscreen. Vocera really listened to its customers to design this new device that meets all the mobile communication needs of nurses, physicians and other team members.”

Clinicians can communicate hands-free, receive contextual patient information, reach the right person by name, role or group, and get help in an emergency with the touch of a button. The Smartbadge will integrate with more than 140 clinical and operational systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, physiologic monitors and more. Powered by the Vocera Platform, data is aggregated from most systems used in hospitals today. Patient information, prioritised clinical events, and care team availability can be presented on the Smartbadge. The intuitive mobile device will help increase workflow efficiencies, reduce interruption fatigue, and improve patient care and experience.

Additionally, the Vocera software platform now has unique capabilities designed specifically to support the well-being of healthcare workers. During times of high stress or emotional exhaustion, care team members can use the Smartbadge to “call a Code Lavender.” This simple voice command will send an alert to members of a multi-disciplinary group that will quickly respond, offering physical, spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff in need. For overwhelmed care team members who need a brief moment to relax or return to purpose, three guided meditations are available on the new mobile device.

About Vocera

The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to simplify and improve the lives of healthcare professionals and patients, while enabling hospitals to enhance quality of care and operational efficiency. In 2000, when the company was founded, we began to forever change the way care teams communicate. Today, Vocera continues to offer the leading platform for clinical communication and workflow. More than 1,700 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected our solutions for team members to text securely using smartphones or make calls with our hands-free, wearable Vocera Badge. Interoperability between Vocera and more than 140 clinical and operational systems helps reduce alarm fatigue, speed up staff response times, and improve patient care, safety and experience. In addition to healthcare, Vocera is at home in luxury hotels, aged care facilities, nuclear facilities, libraries, retail stores and more. Vocera makes a difference in any industry where workers are on the move and need to connect instantly with team members and access resources or information quickly. In 2017, Vocera made the list of Forbes 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America. Learn more at, and follow @VoceraComm on Twitter.

Vocera® and the Vocera logo are trademarks of Vocera Communications, Inc. registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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Brussels, Belgium 8 January 2019, (AETOSWire): Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the UAE Parliament, led a high-level delegation to the European Parliament in Brussels, met with Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and discussed UAE-EU relations. Dr Al Qubaisi highlighted the issue of the three UAE islands occupied by Iran and called to resolve the issue through direct negotiations or international arbitration.

She presented an overview of the UAE’s role in international counter-terrorism efforts, establishing the Sawab Center and hosting Hedayah Center, and noted that 2019 is the UAE Year of Tolerance. She commended the decision of the UAE President in raising the representation of women in parliament to 50 percent.

Mogherini stressed the importance and depth of the cooperation and partnership and noted that the EU is keen to strengthen cooperation with the UAE, a valuable ally in the fight against terrorism and in achieving security and stability. She welcomed the approach adopted by the UAE and its progressive mindset, in terms of women empowerment, gender equality, tolerance and coexistence.

Mogherini expressed the EU’s appreciation for the UAE’s efforts for stability in Yemen, noting that the UAE is instrumental in securing political settlement in line with its interest in finding a peaceful solution: “We appreciate the UAE’s role in this regard as well as the aid offered to refugees in different countries.” She reiterated the importance of stability for returning refugees.

Mogherini further acknowledged Libya’s role in ensuring regional stability, as well as its efforts to achieve peace among various parties.

Mogherini noted that there is significant cooperation between the EU and GCC countries. Regarding security, the nuclear deal with Iran is the best means available to ensure its disarmament. She added that the EU would like to see Iran change its foreign policy and adopt a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of its neighbors.

Dr Al Qubaisi added: “The UAE’s stance of non-interference in the internal affairs of countries is diametrically opposed to Iran’s supporting the Houthi militias in Yemen with arms and missiles. We condemn the move of the Houthis to stop humanitarian aid from reaching Yemenis in need. The UAE has contributed US$4.9 billion in humanitarian aid to Yemen from April 2015 until December 2018.”

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            Arab and International Media Race to Cover the Festival         

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 8 January 2019—(AETOSWire): The National Festival of Heritage and Culture in Janadria is a valuable opportunity to highlight the elements of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an international level, especially with hundreds of local, Arab and international media racing to cover the various rich events of the festival.


The 33rd Edition of Janadria turned into a major regional and international event that attracts the attention of news agencies, newspapers and international television channels that were impressed by the festival's role in preserving the ancient Saudi heritage.

Particularly, the media discussed Janadria's role in balancing authentic traditions and live communication with the world through the latest technologies provided by the Organizing Committee, as part of the investment of technology to protect national identity and to remind citizens of the importance of history and its significance.

Moreover, by providing the best media services to hundreds of journalists, the festival presented to heritage lovers its unique application through smart devices which contains a full definition of Janadria, an explanatory map, and updated news of the festival on a daily basis through the distinctive and comprehensive website.

Press commented on Janadria as a cultural response to the dangers of globalization by focusing on Saudi's heritage and moderation and promoting intercultural dialogue, highlighting the creative folk atmosphere for visitors. The visiting journalists stated that Janadria isn’t just a cultural event but a thought and strategy set to return to the past which Saudi Arabia is following with confidence with its rise, development and carrying out of huge and unique architectural and cultural projects worldwide.

The radio and network of Monte Carlo International Network talked about the original heritage, culture and values ​​raised by the festival. Sky News reviewed in several reports the old life style of Saudi Arabia through the live museums in Janadria. French press confirmed that Janadria Festival is a valuable opportunity to highlight the Saudi cultural heritage on an international level.

The Euro-News network mentioned that the festival reflects in a unique way the cultures inherited from customs and traditions, pointing out that the festival is the largest and most comprehensive in Saudi Arabia. ANSA Economia, the Italian newspaper reported that the traditional village at Janadria Festival attracted tens of thousands of Saudi families. The Spanish newspaper El Economista considered Janadria as one of the world's largest festival dedicated to culture.

The Surabaya Tribun News, the Kompas network and other Indonesian media highlighted the participation of Indonesia as a guest of honor by displaying many aspects of Indonesian heritage. The German newspaper Burs, the American Associated Press, and many Pakistani and Chinese media touched upon Riyadh's role in preserving heritage. The event was also covered by CNN and BBC World to name a few.

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The once-stalled real estate project was salvaged by Preatoni Group in 2014 - a move aimed at restoring investors’ confidence in the region’s property market

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 07, 2019, (AETOSWire) -- Preatoni Real Estate has announced the completion of the Dubai Star project, four years after its initial developer abandoned the multi-million project following the 2009-2010 economic crisis that befell the region.

The 45-storey skyscraper, which is located at the upmarket JLT cluster L has now been renamed Preatoni Tower. It boasts some 554 units covering a total of 600,000 sq/ft of prime residential and commercial space.

After reaching a 38% advancement in the construction stage, the Dubai Star project would eventually come to a grinding halt putting the over 400 local and international investors at the risk of losing their investment.

In 2014, however, the Preatoni Group came to the project’s rescue and pumped in over AED 50,000,000, thus committing to reviving the white elephant project while giving the initial investors a ray of hope.

Preatoni Group took over the project with the support and cooperation of the local authorities, the Dubai Land Department, and the investors.

The Preatoni Group chairman, Ernesto Preatoni, an international investors with decades of experience in the real estate and tourism sectors, said that the investors' vision had finally come to fruition. He also said that the decision to take over the stalled project was aimed at restoring Dubai’s image as a safe investment hub.

According to the group chairman, this move firmly positions Preatoni Real Estate as pioneers of a niche segment solely dedicated to the rescue of “distressed projects”.

“We are delighted to finally and successfully complete the Dubai Star, now known as the Preatoni Tower. The journey has been long but despite the challenges, our investors’ dreams and aspirations are now a reality. Our belief in the project underscores our confidence in Dubai’s real estate market.” said Ernesto.

He went on to add, “We have not only completed the project as initially intended, but we have also added our signature Italian touch to the tower. Our years of experience and expertise in property development has been the driving force towards the completion of this momentous project.”

The Preatoni Tower will be ready for occupancy in Q1 2019.

Since its inception, the Preatoni Group has overseen world-class real estate projects across the globe including Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Baltic nations, Egypt, the USA among others.

About The Preatoni Group

Preatoni Real Estate is a Milano-based investment and development group specializing in financial services, hospitality, and real estate developments with presence in the Middle East. Some of its iconic properties in the MENA region include the Domina Coral Bay Resort in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Preatoni Real Estate has a property development portfolio worth over US$2.5 billion, employs over 3,000 people, has sold over 40,000 units and built three world-class shopping malls and 29 hotels.

It began its Dubai operations in 2013 with the establishment of Preatoni Real Estate Development.

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Commitment to grow and dedication to care have been the core factors underlining the development of the hospital

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 January 2019, (AETOSWire): In today’s time, as hospitals and health systems continue to consolidate, the ability to improve care delivery is increasingly important. Believing in this philosophy and deploying it at all stages of operation, Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah has grown exponentially to a sprawling enterprise. The hospital now employs over 450 people, including 120 doctors and 160 nurses.


“Emirates Hospital, while being an established brand, the new facility in Jumeirah started seeing patients only in October 2017. With an aim to become a patient-centric facility, we ended up going back to the drawing board and understanding what the real insight was in a market where there is a clinic or a hospital just around the corner. Bearing in mind all the influential parameters, we realised that the most integral part of a successful journey is patient care and their experience. As such, we then built all our processes around this key pillar, working towards a facility where every visitor had access to personalised services and care along the entire way. Over the years, with care as our main focus, we have added new specialities as Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Diet & Nutrition and Sleep Lab, amongst many others to help the community around us,” said Maan Jamal, Medical Director of Emirates Hospital – Jumeirah.

Emirates Hospital has been a major part of the growth of healthcare in the Gulf, and continues to be so. What started with a few patients visiting the facility, has now become the talk of the town with satisfied patients spreading the goodwill. In its early days of commencement, the hospital witnessed minimal flow of patients, but as people started experiencing its services, the facility, medical practice and quality standards, the number of patients has increased ever since.

Since its establishment, Emirates Hospital’s focus on quality has always been high and the hospital has been recently awarded the JCI Accreditation, a gold standard mark in the industry of healthcare for realising its commitment to the highest quality of care for its patients.

The hospital attributes its spectacular growth to many factors. Dr. Maan Jamal says, “Commitment to grow and dedication to care have been the core factors of our development. In addition, we’ve used a multitude of tools to highlight the expertise and technological advancements at the hospital. It would be safe to say that we today see a number of patients from within the country and globally visiting Emirates Hospital with tertiary health care requirements taking advantage of our advanced Operating Theatres and surgeons, while also enjoying some of our luxurious in-patient rooms.”

With an aim to be a leader and trend setter, Emirates Hospital has always kept its focus on international standards of medical practice and to this effect collaborated with a number of specialised care providers, to bring to the UAE community specialised & unique healthcare solutions. Some of its significant collaborations are ReGen Medical Management Dubai, a new stem cell and regenerative medical center in addition to Humeira Badsha Medical Centre (HBMC), which specialises in musculoskeletal diseases and QURO Obesity Center, a specialised brand aimed at fighting Morbid Obesity.

While Emirates Hospital journey to growth is an incredible tale of determination and relentless effort, the hospital has also faced several challenges while building the bricks.

“One of the challenges we faced early on as we began establishing the facility was the right mix of physicians/doctors which we felt would positively impact our patients visiting us from near or far. Having said that, we have now established a stellar combination of Consultants and Specialists who aren’t just doctors but prove to be partners to our patients lives,” added Hospital Director, Atul John.

Having grown to a 62-bed hospital now, Emirates Hospital has experienced a positive shift with the continuous addition of services such as Dental, Ophthalmology and much more which are soon to begin, making Emirates Hospital a one-stop destination for all healthcare requirements. The premium healthcare facility is also working towards an expansion of the hospital that will positively change the medical landscape in the region through education, collaborations and partnerships.

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The days of standing at the corner of a street and waiting for a rickshaw or taxi may soon be coming to an end.

On-demand transport can now be availed with a few swipes on a smart phone, thanks to ride-sharing services like Uber and Careem. Over the past few years, such services have made a big mark as they look to challenge the conventional taxi business.

In the cities where they operate, users can hail a ride from almost any corner or from the comfort of their own home. Careem does not operate in some areas of Karachi but is available in Islamabad and Lahore. Uber, on the other hand, is only available in Lahore and Karachi.

Let's take a look at both services and analyse some of their advantages and shortcomings.

Services and rentals

Currently, Uber offers two services to travellers: cars and rickshaws.

The rickshaw rides Uber offers are quite cheap, with a base fare of Rs35 and an additional charge of Rs3 per kilometre. If the rickshaw is made to wait, you may be charged an additional Rs1 per minute. The minimum charges are Rs50 and if the booking is cancelled the same amount has to be paid. In the car, the minimum cost is Rs100 while the charges for making the driver wait are Rs2 per minute. The variable fare stands at Rs9.38 per kilometer and the minimum charges are Rs150 which have to be paid even if the ride is cancelled.

Careem offers users four options: Go, Economy, Wifi Cars and Business.

For 'Go,' Careem charges at least Rs150 while the basic fare is Rs100. The variable fare stands at Rs11 per kilometre. For 'economy,' the minimum charges are Rs175, whereas for 'business' and 'wifi cars' the the minimum charge is Rs250.

Photo courtesy Careem
Photo courtesy Careem


Uber and Careem both allow their users to pay by either credit card or cash. Additionally Careem also allows users to preload credit to their accounts and automatically deducts the cost of each ride.

How safe are they?

In both Uber and Careem, just like in a taxi, it is a stranger driving the car. Therefore, the issue of safety is of prime concern. Both companies are taking precautions in this regard, when it comes to signing drivers, to ensure safety of their customers.

It is a fact that Uber's service has faced criticism in many parts of the world due to incidents of sexual assault involving drivers and customers. This appears to be one explanation for why women in Pakistan prefer Careem’s service.

After talking with some male Uber users, it seems that while they use the service themselves they advise family members, especially female, to opt for Careem, citing the incidents of assault from around the world.

Public opinion

Although it’s not possible to comprehensively rate one company over another just because of what some people say, most women we spoke to for this story said they would choose Careem over Uber because of “well-behaved drivers”, “better service”, and “a sense of security.”

On the other hand, most male users had similar impressions of both services. Some of the male users we spoke to did agree that Careem stands out because of their “well-trained and courteous drivers.” To them, despite the fact that Uber is a relatively low cost alternative to Careem, its drivers lack the level of professionalism one expects and there is a perception that they are hired without sufficient background checks.

This does not mean that Careem is free of any shortcomings. Browsing through its Facebook page, you find complaints about drivers’ bad behavior; some people also claimed that they were charged for making the captain wait even though it was the captain who had arrived late.

On Uber’s Facebook page, one is more likely to see positive comments and feedback. Some of the user complaints on the page are related to cars arriving late and customers still being charged for the wait. Some people have also complained about Uber Auto rickshaw drivers’ attitudes and lack of proper training when it comes to using the App provided to them.

AFP Photo
AFP Photo


Uber’s Facebook presence is robust and almost every individual comment on their page is responded to with instructions for lodging a complaint. On the other hand, Careem’s Facebook page is not as active if one draws a comparison.

How such services affect Pakistanis

Although these services are relatively new in Pakistan, they are sure to reduce public transport woes by a significant margin and mark the end of traditional taxi and rent-a-car business’ dominance in the long run.

As smartphone penetration increases, taxi and rickshaw drivers that struggle to adopt new technologies may find themselves in trouble. This is due to the fact that both companies have become immensely popular in such a short time and are widely used by young, employed people who are most likely to be smartphone users.

It appears that these companies are focusing more and more on this demographic, in the hope of positive experiences and reviews that translate to rapid growth in the near future. However, it is likely that these companies face resistance and backlash from local transport unions whose businesses could be adversely affected.

This story was originally published on and has been translated by Bilal Karim Mughal and Sameyah Said.


Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, December 25, 2018, (AETOSWire) - The United States Consulate in the United Arab Emirates sponsored an event for the enjoyment of faculty, staff, students, and the entire Ras Al Khaimah community, a performance of the United States Air Force Central Command (AFCENT) Band at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK).

AURAK students, faculty, staff, and the Ras Al Khaimah community all met out on the University green to blow off pre-finals stress, dancing the afternoon away to the musical talents of the AFCENT band. The band travels the world representing American culture through their musical talents, covering American songs from various genres including pop, rock, country, jazz, and even traditional American Christmas songs. Students, faculty, and the Ras Al Khaimah community, joined together on the stage and created dancing lines, showing off their best dance moves to share in one last AURAK celebration before finals and before going home for Winter Break.

Christine Dal Bello, Public Affairs Officer of the United States Consulate said, “It was a distinct pleasure for the U.S. Consulate General to work with the AFCENT Band and be able to bring American music to AURAK.  We are so grateful for the amazing hospitality and incredibly warm welcome that the band received. Witnessing the enthusiasm of the students at the concert, as well as the academic prowess of the AURAK engineering students when I visited the Solar Decathlon, was very inspiring and I am thankful to AURAK leadership, faculty, staff, and students.”


AURAK President, Professor. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, was appreciative of the US Consulate’s generosity in arranging the concert for the students, faculty, and staff. He looks forward to many future collaborations.


AURAK is a nonprofit, government-owned institution of higher education which provides the local, regional and international communities with a North American-style education integrated with Arabic customs and traditions. AURAK is licensed by the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates and has been accredited in the United States of America by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since December 2018. AURAK offers a total of 22 accredited undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.


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