Data in the Hands of Doctors

Often the value of technology is limitless: save money, save time, save resources, but perhaps one of the biggest benefits of technology is to save lives. This is evident in the story of this year’s 2019 Connected World Awards winner.

The Connected World Awards recognize the most successful user success stories in any vertical industry, including healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and manufacturing, just to name a few. Companies submit for the awards program, explaining how they are using the technology to solve a challenge and identifying the ROI (return on investment) received.

Any company leveraging the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence) are encouraged to submit, which can include businesses, government agencies, universities, and more. An independent panel of industry analysts and members of the academic world judge the entries. Each individual score is recorded and the entries are rated by an average score.

Winning submissions will explain the problem/challenge, how the technology was used, and what the payoff of the application is. The score for each entry is based on how the company explains the major challenge it faces and the opportunity that was created by using IoT and AI technologies, as well as the ability to demonstrate quantifiable results.

Some of the results can include increased security, improved customer service, enhanced patient care, faster emergency response time, remote monitoring, predictive analytics, operational efficiencies, monetization, better asset visibility, increased uptime, automated business processes, and more.

In the case of this year’s winner, the outcome is saved lives, among other benefits. While many submitted, one company stood out, having recognized a challenge, identified the solution, and implemented it for a big ROI.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s 2019 Connected World Awards winner.

Virginia Mason Medical Center

www.virginiamason.org

Seattle, Wash.

Technology Enabler: Pulsara

A nonprofit healthcare system, the Virginia Mason Medical Center includes a 336-bed hospital, a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians, and nine regional medical centers located throughout Seattle. Its vision is to be the quality leader and transform healthcare, and is committed to providing the best outcomes and patient experiences available anywhere. Its mission is to improve the health and well-being of the patients that it serves.

In order to do that, the care teams at Virginia Mason wanted to transform the way it communicated in order to better respond to time-sensitive stroke cases. Having access to data, such as stroke type and detailed symptoms, can help determine the severity of the stroke and identify the appropriate treatment quickly.

Having a comprehensive view of recorded data for all patient cases is vital and analyzing this information can help put plans in place to strengthen workflows across care teams to improve outcomes for patients and the effectiveness of personnel. Information also enables more efficient use of time and resources, which can translate into a cost savings.

…Its mission is to improve the health and well-being
of the patients that it serves….

Near the end of last year, Virginia Mason began using Pulsara, a mobile application designed to streamline patient care among healthcare teams. The technology is built on a secure cloud-based platform, which gives healthcare providers access to data using a smart device, with native mobile applications. A web-based admin dashboard can be used for provisioning, administration, and reporting. It runs on the Amazon Web Services infrastructure and can be accessed over HTTPS for API (application programming interface) and data storage. Security was a top priority and here’s how it is secure: PHI is not stored on mobile devices; users must enter a PIN before accessing PHI; and all communications from the mobile device to the cloud platform are encrypted HTTPS connections.

With patient data easily accessible, Virginia Mason staff uses Pulsara to enhance communication, streamline systems and processes, better use resources, and standardize data recording, which strengthens response and treatment for critical stroke patients.

 

Saving Lives

The benefits of the technology are extensive too. Perhaps the most beneficial is it has helped save lives.

By analyzing data gathered since the technology’s implementation at the end of last year and comparing it to data from the same time frame the year prior, Virginia Mason identified that it was able to reduce treatment times for stroke intervention from 41 minutes to 32 minutes. This demonstrates a 22% decrease in time-to-treatment.

Here’s a specific example: in a recent stroke patient case, the hospital team coordinated the needed definitive care in 21 minutes, which is 24 minutes below the required metric of 45 minutes for a hospital designated as a comprehensive stroke center. That means from the point of identifying the patient as experiencing a stroke, transferring them to treatment and performing the life-saving intervention, it was able to use technology to accelerate time-to-treatment by 53%.

Virginia Mason recognizes that mobile technology is the future of healthcare communication. The organization is hopeful that overall treatment and invention time will continue to improve, which will result in better patient outcomes. In the future, it also plans to extend the solution to other critical cases.

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