The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Microsoft have announced plans to work together to redesign the way medical devices in an intensive care unit (ICU) talk to each other. The two organizations plan to develop a health IT solution that collects data from different monitoring equipment and identifies key trends aimed at preventing injuries and complications that can result from medical care.
The idea stems from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality’s research on checklists to reduce infections and its innovative pilot program called Project Emerge. The program uses technology to restructure a hospital’s workflow in an effort to eliminate the most common causes of preventable harm and promote better patient outcomes. While most efforts to improve safety focus on one harm, Project Emerge seeks to eliminate all harms, including medical complications, such as blood clots and pneumonia, as well as emotional harms, like a lack of respect and dignity.
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