Monitoring Critical Care Patients Outside the Traditional ICU Setting – Technology Solutions for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 is challenging our healthcare system as never before.  Our hospital resources are being stretched beyond capacity.  Even basic supplies are in short supply impacting the normal patient care routine and infection control precautions.  Hospital ICU bed capacities are being expanded to areas of the hospital not designed for patients requiring intensive care.   As we learn more about the course of the COVID-19 infection, it has…

Farewell to ICU Monitors

To say that the ICU is a complex and overwhelming environment is like saying that global warming is bad: technically correct but profoundly understated. Small margins for error combined with enormous consequences to survival and future quality of life make critical care medicine a high-stakes profession that is not for the faint of heart. If you step into an ICU, the relentless blinking displays from the myriad of devices will…

A Digital Twin is Born

A decade ago, the idea of digitally replicating a human being sounded more fiction than fact. Fast forward several years and the concept of creating a digital replica of a living human being that changes as conditions change, has generated both heightened interest and ongoing support. These virtual copies of living organisms reveal insights into the important physiologic processes necessary for everyday living, and makes better sense of the data…

New Study Sets Benchmark for Clinical Decision Support Technologies

From improving quality of care to reducing costs, producing a concrete return on investment is becoming a crucial do or die milestone for health care systems and the health information technologies they use. A new study unveiled at the American College of Cardiology Conference is now a part of the growing evidence associating Etiometry’s platform with improvements in care quality and patient safety metrics. The abstract presented by Dr. Mary…

Keeping Everyone Alive – Achieving Patient Safety in the Digital Era

Keeping every patient alive is the most basic hospital mission; but how clinicians achieve this goal couldn’t be more complicated. Medical error is to blame for as many as 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to reports published in the Journal of Patient Safety. From adding alarms to adjusting protocols, changing the clinician’s physical environment isn’t the cure-all answer to patient safety concerns. To commemorate this National Patient Safety…

Transforming Skeptics into Zealots: SCCM Four Years Later

On my way back to Boston from this year’s Society of Critical Care Medicine conference, I cannot stop reflecting on the first time I attended this meeting back in 2015. It was in Phoenix, Arizona, a nice break from the cold Boston weather, just two weeks before the Super Bowl was held there. Besides the Patriots winning another Super Bowl, so much has changed between 2015 and 2019.  Back in…