GE tests its “smart room” Rx for hospitals | GE Reports

GE tests its “smart room” Rx for hospitals

One of the newest technologies being developed at GE Healthcare as part of GE’s healthymagination initiative applies new software tools and artificial intelligence-based reasoning to some of the most common patient safety risks. The goal: to make patients safer by making hospital rooms “smarter.”

A high-tech double-check: Scientists at GE’s Global Research Center are working with the Healthcare Association of New York State — which represents 550 hospitals and other healthcare organizations — and Bassett Healthcare — a system of doctors, hospitals and health centers — to develop technologies to identify and prevent patient safety risks.

According to the Institute of Medicine, medical error is the eighth leading cause of death in the U. S., accounting for an estimated 44,000 to 100,000 preventable deaths per year. Falls alone cost the U.S. healthcare system $1 billion annually, according to the American Hospital Association. By targeting advanced technology at low-tech problems, GE and its research partners hope to improve patient outcomes — and lower hospital costs.

As GE’s researchers write on their blog about GE’s Smart Patient Room technology, which is scheduled to begin testing at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY this fall: “This system is like a ‘guardian angel,’ helping care providers avoid the things that can lead to hospital acquired conditions such as infection rates and falls. Our guardian angel in this case is GE technology. It is a unique integration of GE’s latest clinical workflow, artificial intelligence based reasoning, and various sensor technologies. The system will provide real-time monitoring capability and reminders for protocol adherence to assure patient safety. The system will also be able to capture key information for process improvement and education.”

It’s its early stage of development, GE’s Smart Patient Room technology will initially focus on three common patient safety risks: hand hygiene, patient falls and clinical rounds adherence.

GE is also working on a forecasting tool — the Patient-Safety Forecaster — that calculates costs related to patient safety and adverse events. It’s designed to help hospitals more accurately predict the benefits of various quality and safety investments and track the impact of those improvements over time by linking behaviors, patient outcomes and cost.

* Learn more on our Global Research Center’s blog
* Read GE’s announcement
* Visit
* Read GE Reports’ coverage of the healthymagination launch
* Read GE Reports’ story about our Health Advisory Board
* Read about healthymagination’s work with electronic medical records

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