Rebuilding the Backbone of Global Healthcare 

Ascom's program to celebrate and support nurses during the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and beyond

The WHO has designated 2020 The international Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. It’s a timely reminder in light of the heroic efforts being made by nurses and other healthcare workers in the COVID-19 crisis.  We at Ascom wholeheartedly agree with WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebrejesus that nurses “are the backbone of every healthcare system.” But it’s a backbone that needs support and rebuilding. In fact, the world needs an additional nine million nurses if we are to achieve universal health coverage by 2030.

That’s why Ascom has launched its ‘Rebuilding the Backbone of Global Healthcare’ program. It’s a celebration of the world’s family of nurses, and a program of initiatives to support nurses throughout 2020 and beyond. 

During the coming months you will hear about new Ascom products and solutions can help bridge the nurse shortage. And how they help healthcare facilities achieve more with existing resources. You’ll also learn more about our new Ascom Clinical Solutions Team—a completely new global organization dedicated to supporting frontline clinical workers.



Watch Ascom CEO Jeannine Pilloud launch "Rebuilding the Backbone of Global Healthcare"


It takes somebody special to truly understand nurses’ needs and demands—which is why you’ll find more than 20 Registered Nurses (RNs) at Ascom. They’re a unique team, using their expertise to solve healthcare communication and workflow challenges worldwide.

With backgrounds in areas as diverse as oncology, ER, neonatal ICU and cardiology, Ascom RNs know the daily realities facing frontline clinicians in hospitals, and long-term and psychiatric care facilities. They know what works. What doesn’t. And how technology is best deployed in healthcare environments. 


Over the next few months, each Ascom RN will share their stories and insights in a series of articles that you can read here.

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How best can technology address the global shortage of nurses? We brought together a collection of our in-house clinical experts to discuss this pressing, global issue. 

Read our advising report from the round table conversation here.

For more than two decades Kathleen Snyder RN has been driving change in healthcare via technology and digital innovations.

Read more about her long-term perspectives on long-term care here.
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After years away from active nursing, Ascom’s Jenny Arnesson RN volunteered at a COVID-19 ICU.

Read her report from the frontline of the coronavirus crisis here.

Helping thousands of nurses every day

  • Chase Farm Hospital, UK

    Chase Farm Hospital, UK

    Chase Farm Hospital – the UK’s first new-build ‘paperless’ hospital – has improved clinical safety and dramatically reduced admin, releasing more time for patient care.
  • Australia’s AnglicareSA

    Australia’s AnglicareSA

    Healthcare case study. Residents' mobility is a key part of the Ascom solution, letting alerts from mobile residents’ transceivers go directly to caregivers’ Ascom Myco smartphones. Caregivers can see the nature and priority of each alert on their device and can easily re-route alerts to colleagues if unable to respond.