Imagine you have a sudden and very strong headache, you get scared and call 911, the paramedics show up, examine you and after a quick assessment, they decide you need to go to the hospital. Your vitals are taken, your information and current medications data is entered into a computer and you are rushed to the hospital. You come in through the emergency room and after a few tests, the doctors decide to keep you overnight. In this period of time, you are seen by nurses and doctors and at every point, there is data generated from your blood pressure, pulse, X-rays, blood work, you name it. What happens with all this information that’s collected? Can all this data be monitored to improve your experience as a patient?
Baptist Health South Florida just announced this month a collaboration with Leidos, a company that specializes in the military and intelligence industries, to provide the healthcare industry’s first real-time military-grade data-integration, mobile monitoring and patient activation suite. What does this mean? Simple, now doctors, nurses and other caregivers can have up-to-the-minute data that will assist them in making the most informed decision to provide the right care at the right time. Every test that was performed, every scan, all the data that was collected about you, will be in one system that will process all this data and help doctors make the best decisions for your care. In other words, the so called Big Data can now be transformed into valuable, actionable information.
Basically, every point in your journey as a patient from your home, through the hospital and back to the home can be monitored to ensure the best possible outcome. This is no small feat. When you combine the amount of data that’s collected for each patient at every point and you multiply that by the number of patients and touch points, you have an ocean of data that needs to be processed. This is where these decision support systems come in handy, they allow doctors to combine data from different sources and use advanced analytics.
This new software is called careC2 Pathways and will provide doctors with a real-time view of the patient’s information as they go through treatment and recovery so any changes in the patient’s condition can be immediately recognized and care can be adjusted accordingly. All of this is possible because all of the patient information is constantly monitored and correlated and presented to the doctors so they can make the best decisions in real-time. Armed with the latest information about the patient and their treatment, the doctors can now apply the best evidence based treatment available and personalized to each patient.
Baptist and Leidos will be collaborating in over 30 new clinical pathways to improve treatment of some of the most pervasive and complex conditions such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes among others.
In the end, patients don’t notice these changes, they still have to go to the hospital, have their vitals taken, prescriptions prescribed and analyses analyzed but for doctors and caregivers, it’s a big deal as it allows them to better manage the complexity of treating all these patients with the best information available at every touch point and when something so complex can be simplified, lives are saved.