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HP improves patient care at Stanford hospital

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 19, 2011
Develops digital patient-safety dashboard by collaborating with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

HP has collaborated with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford to design a digital patient-safety dashboard for improving healthcare in the facility.

The partners claim that the new real-time patient status system has prompted a change in care in one out of three patients during a trial period. 

This dashboard system uses data from electronic medical records to better represent patient status and this helps in preventing human error in medical settings.

The Patient-Centered Dashboard also improves compliance and can be used in other hospitals all across the world.

"Electronic medical records are data-rich but information-poor," said Dr. Natalie Pageler, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and project manager for the Patient-Centered Dashboard at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

"This pilot is a first step in translating the tremendous volumes of data we now have available in a hospital's electronic medical record system into practical information that can guide clinical decision making at the bedside of every patient."

Replacing traditional whiteboard

Packard Children's Hospital staff replaced the traditional whiteboard by an electronic interface and worked with researchers from HP Labs to use data available inside a patient's electronic chart.

The newly developed system can turn lights on the dashboard to red, yellow or green indicating the level of attention required from medical staff. Physicians and nurses who reviewed the dashboard during daily rounds were thus alerted to necessary and potentially life-saving procedures.

"By getting better information into the hands of caregivers, technology has the potential not only to improve lives, but also to save them," said Jaap Suermondt, director, healthcare research, HP Labs, HP.

"Through our collaboration with Packard Children's Hospital, we were able to develop a technology solution that finds and combines information at risk of being overlooked deep inside electronic medical records, and bring it to the eyes of the entire care team, ultimately allowing them to make critical decisions and help prevent complications."

 

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